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Catch the Wave
Don't be surprised if you come across
a surfboard in the Dental Sciences
building because everybody here
is getting ready to Catch the Wave. The
2008 fall semester marks the beginning
of a new clinical model that resembles the
real-world operation of a dentist's office.
These days the college is boiling with
surf lingo and surf decor in the clinics,
and we had a luau-themed kick off party
to celebrate the implementation of the
new clinical model.
The Jawbreakers, a band of dental
faculty members, entertained a crowd
of about 400 staff, faculty and students.
Everybody enjoyed the catered barbeque
and the hot and sunny weather after days
Dr. Ron Watson is the architect of the
new clinical model, which is made up of
five clinics with ten teams, with a faculty
member leading each team. Two schedul-
ing coordinators schedule patients for
students instead of students scheduling
patients themselves. The new model will
allow better chair utilization and efficient
scheduling, which will enhance students'
patient care experience.
The new model will be beneficial for
patients as well. Patients won't have to
move from clinic to clinic to get dental
treatments, which means wait time will be
cut drastically. This will allow UFCD to
attract a different patient mix, especially
those who want fast service.
UFCD's new clinical model will
improve the overall student and patient
experience, and will be beneficial for the
college financially. So, are you ready to
catch the wave?
CECILIA RODRIGUEZ ARMAS,
Office Manager, Community Dentistry &
Cecilia has a B.S. in International Business
from Florida Atlantic University. After graduat-
ing from college, she moved to Ecuador and
has held different positions working for several
multinational corporations in the areas of
human resources and management. In 2002
Cecilia moved back to the U.S. with her family
and started working at UF She has been with
the College of Dentistry since April of 2007.
Q. What's the oddest job you ever had?
A. I can't say that I had any odd jobs. One
of the jobs I have been most thankful in
my life was an air ambulance/executive air
charter company in Ft. Lauderdale, where I
worked p-t for six years while going through
college. Once, I even got to fly on one of the
company's Learjets to South America!
Q. What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
A. I love anything with coconut in it: coconut
chocolate bars, coconut ice cream, coconut
cake, coconut flan and Pina Coladas!
Q. What is your ideal day away from work?
A. To travel somewhere with my family.
Favorite Book: The Bible
Favorite TV Show: : news, news, news (I
"need" to know what's going on in the world)
Favorite Movie: The Sound of Music
Unknown Fact: I was born in New York, lived
many years in South Florida, but most of
my years I have lived in Quito, Ecuador. My
husband is from Ecuador, and both of my
children (David 17 and Mathew 13) were
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UFCD Staff Retreat 2008
The annual UFCD staff retreat was held June 6 from 8 a.m. 3 p.m. at Lake Wauburg.
This year, Dean Dolan started the retreat with her state of the college address and answered
staff questions. The retreat also included a presentation by Dr. Bob Parks on "The Pygmalion Effect:
Managing the Power of Expectations" and a workshop by Arts in Medicine to learn how to reduce
stress. UFCD staff who have completed the Pro 3 training program were also recognized during the
Staff members also enjoyed a great lunch catered by HogWild BBQ. It was a fun and relaxing day
for everyone. Especially for our IT Crew who spent part of the day playing volleyball.
This edition of Dental
Direct marks two important
beginnings for our college.
We're welcoming a new
group of dental students.
The class of 2012, our 36th
class, has 83 students, 50
women and 33 men. We are
also starting the new clinical
educational model for the
It's been a busy summer
for our faculty, staff, and
students who've been pre-
paring to "Catch the Wave"
of this new model, which is
designed to be "patient cen-
tered and student friendly."
The Catch the Wave luau
that took place Friday, August
15, was a perfect launch and
showed what we can do as
a college and how much fun
we can have while doing it.
The new model will allow
our students to deliver com-
prehensive care and better
prepare them for practic-
ing in a "real world" dental
office, while providing a more
efficient system of care for
our patients. It will allow for
more appointments and treat-
ment chairs, resulting in fast-
er treatment and less waiting
time for our patients.
I would like to thank
everyone for all your hard
work and positive energy as
we made this transition hap-
pen. Thank you for getting on
board and catching the wave!
We have only a couple of weeks left for the end of
the UFCD Biggest Loser challenge and the teams are
getting close to their final weigh-ins.
This summer has been very productive for some
employees at the college and they have been losing
weight. The total of weight lost by all teams is now
close to 300 Ibs.
But don't forget, this challenge will have a winner.
In the end, the winning team will get 75 percent of
the money collected in the pool and the single biggest
loser will get 25 percent. And wait till you hear this,
the total amount of money collected is now $617.
The final day of the challenge is Sep. 5 and we
are all anxious to find out who that biggest loser is.
Dental Fall Weekend Events
12 p.m. 3 p.m. Homecoming Parade
3 p.m. 4 p.m. Development Advisory
Committee Meeting (D4-16)
4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. AAF Board of Directors
7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Gator Growl
9 a.m. 10 a.m. Disaster and Crisis
Response, (room TBA)
3 hours before kickoff at the HSC: Tailgate Party
with Psi Omega Dental Fraternity, Health
Science Center, HPNP Building
Florida Gators vs. Kentucky Wildcats: The Swamp
C community Dentistry and Behavioral Science
is a new department. Three years ago it was
a small division in Operative Dentistry. But
things changed after they merged with another division
and became an independent department.
The new department is now the college's home for
outreach, serving as the hub for clinics in Jacksonville,
St. Petersburg, and Hialeah, and partnerships like
Brooker's ACORN Clinic, the Duval County Health
Department, and Jacksonville's Sulzbacher Center.
The department has more than 100 people, brings
in $3 million annually in research funding, and provides
more than $2 million in dental care each year, making
it one of the college's largest and most productive.
The department's mission is to eliminate disparities
in health status and access to health care services, pro-
mote optimal oral health, and prevent disease through
research, teaching, and service. The faculty members
conduct a wide range of research including pain, oral
cancer detection and prevention, tobacco use, access to
care, and ethnic and gender health disparities.
Lorena Baccaglini, D.D.S., Ph.D., conducts ground-
breaking research about the genetic and other risk fac-
tors for recurrent aphthous stomatitis, a painful oral
condition that affects millions of Americans.
"When we're successful, there is less pain
and suffering, less disease, and less need
for expensive, advanced treatment."
The department also focuses on increasing the
knowledge of healthcare, research communities and the
public regarding health-related issues to improve treat-
ment, enhance access, and influence healthcare policy.
Scott Tomar, D.M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., professor
and department chair, noted, "we have some real super-
stars here." The department includes internationally
recognized behavioral scientists such as Roger Fillingim,
Ph.D., Joseph Riley, Ph.D., Barbara Hastie, Ph.D.,
Henrietta Logan, Ph.D., and Linda Bartoshuk, Ph.D.
The department recently received a $200,000 grant
from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, directed
by Micaela Gibbs, D.D.S., to expand student rotations
in the Jacksonville area, including a clinic serving home-
less persons. "This will expose students to settings and
activities in underserved communities," said Tomar.
"They will help populations they otherwise would not
Tomar believes that dental public health is the con-
science of dentistry. "It is the only branch of dentistry
that looks at individuals as part of a community," he
said, "and addresses needs at the societal level." He
believes that community dentistry is important in
Florida where there are few pediatric dentists, and even
less who see children from low income households.
The department helps disadvantaged children by
educating health care providers in the state. Frank
Catalanotto, D.M.D., directs a research project sup-
ported by the government and foundations which teach
basic oral health assessment and caries prevention to
pediatricians and family care physicians.
"Other branches of dentistry focus on providing the
best care possible for patients who show up at a dental
office," said Tomar, "but public health dentistry seeks to
promote optimal oral health for everyone. When we're
successful, there is less pain and ,II. ...-, less disease,
and less need for expensive, advanced treatment. Isn't
that the true goal of a health profession?"
Scott TOMAR, professor & chair
Gail Schneider MITCHELL
. Bridgette RAHIM-WILLIAMS
Benefits Open Enrollment
The Benefits Open
Enrollment (BOE) will occur
between Sept. 22 Oct. 17.
To learn more, visit http://www.
In conjunction with BOE
is the Benefits Fair, which is
held at the Reitz Union on Oct.
2 from 9:00-4:00 and Oct. 3
As a note, it's important to
mention that employees must
obtain their PeopleFirst ID
prior to making changes dur-
ing BOE. If you wait until the
last minute, the phone lines
to PeopleFirst are extremely
The office of human
resources will be offering assis-
tance with BOE to employees
who do not have computers for
a few select days in October.
D4-16 on Oct. 6 and 8 from
8:00-2:00 and Oct. 10 from
8:00-12:00 has been reserved
to assist employees.
SPICE IT Up!
August is SPICE IT Up month. So
remember to follow the IT newsletter
and direct any IT-related questions you
have to Stephen Kostewicz at skoste-
Join the UFCD Green Team
Want to learn more about how to
reduce your environmental footprint
at work and at home? Send an email
to email@example.com to join
the UFCD green team. Also, check out
team/ for facts and green tips.
Community Dentistry and
Lydia Maree and her closed toed
NEW HIRES I SUMMER 2008
Community Dentistry & Behavioral
Office of Admissions
St. Petersburg Dental Clinic
Internationally Educated Dentist
Remember to Think Before You Ink
As part of an effort to reduce printing costs and
embrace sustainability, the University of Florida has
launched a new program, "Think Before You Ink." The
program consists of three initiatives: save the paper,
print to Web, and printer certification. The UF College
of Dentistry also supports this program.
Print to Web is especially important to us. This ini-
tiative encourages use of the Internet and e-mail for dis-
tribution of items including newsletters. That's why we
decided to print fewer copies of the Dental Direct, and
Bon appetite ladies
Marilyn Stewart, a dental assistant
in operative dentistry, a.k.a. our
college's new artist, painted these
gator photo opps and a marvellous
portrait of Dr. Marc Gale. She was
also the one who painted the pigs
at the staff retreat.
Catch the Wave has been a big challenge for every-
one, but the dental maintenance team has carried the
heaviest load to make it happen, literally. They moved
offices, they renovated and painted. They worked on
we encourage you to read it online at http://dental.ufl.
Reducing printing costs and saving the environ-
ment might be easier than you think. Here is a little
tip: photocopying costs less than printing. So instead of
printing multiple copies, print one document and then
photocopy the additional documents. If you'd like to
do more, try printing less and reading documents from
your computer screen. To learn more, visit http://ufcn.
weekends to finish the clinic renovations necessary for
the new clinical model.
They were photographed by Sam while installing
mounting boards for the X-ray units.
UF UNIVERSITY of
The Foundation for The Gator Nation
Getting into luau mood