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Students Inspired to Form New Club

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Written by Adam Zewe

A group of ambitious dental students have established a study club to help their peers learn more about common and uncommon diagnostic procedures. The Oral Diagnosis Study Club offers students the opportunity to develop stronger skills by discussing unique and challenging diagnostic cases.

"This is a forum for all the classes to mix together and share what they learned. First- and second-year students may never have a chance to interact with upperclassman and vice versa. With this club, when one person has a 'teachable moment,' many can benefit," states study club co-founder Sarah Ermoshkin, DDS '16.

The club, which will meet for hour-long lunch-and-learn sessions monthly, provides an open forum where students can learn about real cases in real time. A steering committee reviews cases submitted by students and selects those that will be presented. The meetings will showcase a wide range of different diagnostic cases. For example, the group's first session on Feb. 11 featured three different disciplines: endodontics, radiology and oral diagnosis. Faculty members will also be invited to present cases and share diagnostic tips.

"By inviting faculty participation, students can learn in a collegial, cross-generational manner, which is the paradigm for continuing dental education. I am excited that we have such dedicated, professionally-oriented students here at the school. The Oral Diagnosis Study Club is just one manifestation of how our students elevate the academic environment here at the University," remarks Associate Professor Jeffery Price, DDS, MS, the club's faculty advisor.

The club is seeking submissions of unique cases from the UMSOD clinics. For more information about upcoming meeting dates or to submit a case outline, email

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