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American Academy of Craniofacial Pain Leaders Tour UMSOD

Written by Adam Zewe

The directors of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (AACP) caught a glimpse of the future of dentistry during a visit to UMSOD on July 28. Dean Christian Stohler, DMD, DrMedDent, led a tour for the leaders of the international academy. AACP members traveled to Baltimore for the academy's 26th Annual International Clinical Symposium, which featured a presentation by Joel Greenspan, PhD, chairman of the Department of Neural and Pain Sciences.

During the tour, Gary Hack, DDS, explained how cutting-edge technology in the simulation labs prepares students to excel in clinical situations. In the dream room, Dr. Hack waved his hands over the touch-free drawers to open them, showing the 17 visitors how technology will improve infection control in the future. "This is incredible. I've never seen anything like this. This is light years ahead of my dental education," remarks Jamison Spencer, DMD, MS, president of the AACP.

In the general practice clinic, Dean Stohler showcased the advanced, electric tools students use to provide patient care. The tour concluded in a lecture hall, where AACP members expressed admiration for Mediasite, the educational software that allows dental students to watch recorded class lectures on a computer as often as they want. "I think it is reassuring to see that the university has the foresight to stay ahead of the curve," says David Rawson, DDS, who practices in London, Ontario, Canada.

Learning about the latest dental technology was an exciting opportunity for the directors of the AACP, a research and advocacy association with nearly 1,000 members on three continents, states Michael Baylin, DDS. The tour was especially interesting for Dr. Baylin, who graduated from UMSOD in 1966 and enjoyed showing his alma mater to his colleagues. "This is such a wonderful place to start a dental education. It's great to see the progress thatýs been made," he states.

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