November 2019 Volume LIV Number 6


Predoctoral Chapter Spotlight

May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3

SCAAPD University of Kentucky
The student chapter for the AAPD at the University of Kentucky was established in 2016. Over the past couple of years, the organiza- tion has grown to have 20 general members and 11 board members. The board positions include the following: president, vice president, treasurer, membership chair, Give Kids a Smile coordinators, lunch and learn coordinators, and outreach committee. The organization also has an advisor, Dr. Cristina Perez, who helps with communica- tions between the national organization and the local chapter and helps facilitate things for the local chapter.
We had our first meeting as a board in May of 2018. We discussed responsibilities each board positions, as well as ideas for the upcoming school year. In August we had our second board meeting where we planned our first lunch and learn to welcome new and existing mem- bers to the organization. At the lunch and learn, we introduced the board members for the 2018-2019 school year and had a presentation describing what SCAAPD offers, including the major event—Give Kids a Smile. We were able to get funding from student affairs to pur- chase lunch for everyone. We held a membership drive the following week and had students sign up for the organization.
In September, members volunteered at Doctor for a Day at an elementary school in Fayette County. We were able to inform children on dentistry as a career and we also provided oral hygiene instructions and had kids demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques on models.
We had a lunch and learn in November inviting Dr. Ronald Singer to talk about his journey from dental school to private practice, includ- ing his shortcomings as well as his achievements. It was very informa- tive and entertaining and we were able to provide lunch for students with AAPD funding.
Starting from the beginning of the spring semester, we worked hard to create the Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) event. This event is a nation-wide charity event to provide free dental services to children. The coordinators for GKAS worked tirelessly to create flyers to send to each student attending a school in an underserved areas. We had a lunch and learn to gain interest from students to volunteer at the event. T-shirts were also made the promote the event and to wear on the day of the event. The coordinators also worked to make sure we had access to the student clinic and the dental supplies in the clinic. We had 46 student dentists sign up to volunteer and treated 33 patients.
At the lunch and learn we had in January, we also had pediatric residents present on the application process for pediatric residency and also explained what residency program at UK was like.
Residents Visit AAPD Headquarters for Advocacy Workshop
Pediatric dental residents from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry participated in a two-hour advocacy workshop at AAPD Headquarters on Nov. 16, 2018. The session was presented by AAPD staff as part of a specially designed seminar series on advocacy and leadership developed by David Avenetti, D.D.S., M.S.D., M.P.H., clinical associate professor and post-graduate program director of the UIC Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Residency Program. The Lurie Children’s Hospital residents were accompanied by their Program Director Ashlee Vorachek, D.D.S., in the joint event.
Workshop topics featured AAPD media and consumer campaigns, the future of the pediatric dental workforce, and AAPD advocacy ef- forts on national, state and community levels. The visit also included a brief history of the AAPD, a tour of headquarters, and most impor- tant, photo opportunities with Mouth Monster Tooth D.K.
For information on scheduling an advocacy workshop at AAPD Headquarters for your pediatric residency program, contact Robin Wright at or C. Scott Litch at

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