Dr. Jack Dillenberg flew to Washington DC to attend the retirement celebration for Ron Pollack only to find out it was postponed due to the winter storm. Fortunately, he was able to still have a wonderful visit with Ron, who has been his friend since they were children. Dr. Jack was also able to visit with Dr. Rick Valachovic, President of ADEA, to discuss current issues facing dental education.
As Dr. Jack Dillenberg was departing from his meeting with Rick, he met up with a large group of USC physician assistant students. He took advantage of this opportunity to discuss the importance of integrating oral health into primary care. Later in the week he also chaired the Board meeting for the Center for Oral Health, during which time the group approved their three-year strategic plan.
Dental Vendors supported the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) ASDOH chapter by participating in the Annual Vendor Fair. Dozens of dental vendors exhibited and demonstrated their products and offered free samples to ASDOH students.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg had the pleasure of welcoming long-time ASDOH faculty member and friend, Dr. Sam Huong, back to ASDOH to lecture and teach in the simulation clinic. He continues to support ASDOH’s mission and commitment to clinical excellence.
The Arizona Children’s Action Alliance founder and CEO, Ginger Ward, met with Dr. Jack Dillenberg to discuss potential collaboration and the status of underserved children in Arizona. This week Dean designee, Bob Trombly, and Dean Dillenberg began a series of transition briefings to assure a smooth transfer of leadership. Dr. Trombly has had leadership experience in multiple dental schools and in CODA.
While in Phoenix, Dr. Jack chaired the Center for Oral Health Board meeting held in LA via conference call.
The week culminated with the ATSU Open House at the Mesa campus bringing in close to 400 visitors. ASDOH’s attendees included many from the Southeast region of the country. Events at the Open House began with a welcome and history by Dr. Jack Dillenberg, a student panel, a presentation by the admissions team, and a tour of the dental school. In the afternoon, ASDOH students planned and held a dodgeball fundraising event. Ten teams participated and funds raised raised will be used for providing supplies for dental services to at-risk school children.
This week was filled with Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) Day and ASDOH alumni reunion activities. Friday, February 17 over 400 children came to ASDOH to receive free dental care and enjoy time at booths filled with games and educational experiences. ASDOH had over 500 volunteers including ASDOH students, graduates, local businesses and neighboring educational institutions.
After the GKAS event, ASDOH hosted an alumni celebration honoring the 10-year reunion of 2007 alumni and the 5-year reunion of 2012. Other graduates participated as a number of alumni were recognized for their leadership and community service after graduating from ASDOH. Saturday, ASDOH provided continuing education courses for those alums who attended the reunion.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg and Dr. Tony Hashemian represented ATSU at the second largest dental meeting in the world, AEEDC Dubai. While there, Dr. Jack presented to over 100 dental students and faculty from throughout the Gulf region. After the presentation, many students stayed for an interactive Q and A session. He also chaired the session for AEEDC on pediatrics, orthodontics and implants for world-renown experts in these areas.
As a member of the Global Scientific Dental Alliance, Dr. Jack Dillenberg initiated a discussion on dental ethics and a recommendation to increase the number of presentations dealing with integrity in dentistry. These recommendations were widely accepted. Council members included over 100 dental leaders from 43 nations. Dr. Jack is one of only three representatives from the United States.
Before leaving for Boston, Dr. Jack Dillenberg facilitated the January ASDOH faculty and staff meeting. The agenda included updates on admissions, the success of the research symposium along with the upcoming (Give Kids a Smile) GKAS event.
While in Boston, Dr. Jack Dillenberg visited with the employees of Convergent Dental, inventors of the innovative Solea Laser System.
At the Yankee Dental Congress, Dr. Jack Dillenberg presented on the essential leadership skills needed for success in the emerging healthcare system. This presentation was part of the Dentaquest workshop for Community Health Center providers.
Research Week at ASDOH began on Monday with a lunch presentation on “Research Speed Dating,” followed by additional presentations during lunch throughout the week. Student Research Day on Friday highlighted competing student presentations. On Saturday, ASDOH hosted the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Scientific Symposium. It was in collaboration with Midwestern University School of Dentistry and the Ariz. Chapter of AADR.
Midweek, Dr. Dillenberg enjoyed a visit with over a dozen American Indian predental students from across America who attended ASDOH’s SAID student chapter predental workshop. The workshop’s purpose was to prepare them for their dental school applications.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg also met with the members of ATSU’s Advancement group to discuss ASDOH’s development needs and opportunities.
This past week, Dr. Jack Dillenberg had the special privilege of visiting with middle and high school students at the Chandler Preparatory Charter School. During his presentations, the students asked meaningful questions about what it means to be a healthcare provider, and Dr. Jack gave them advice in response. He added humor to his talk and shared stories about his extensive public health career.
It was also a week that included reconnecting with the ASDOH Class of 2020 as they gathered for their class photo and had a chance to chat with the Dean. They shared goals for enriching their ASDOH experience through continued commitment to community service. Their conversations also demonstrated nurturing support for each other.
Discussions were held to finalize plans for next week’s celebration of ASDOH’s Research Week.
While many of the ASDOH community extended their vacations, others began the New Year with planning innovative initiatives. These included the expansion of digital dentistry efforts and providing needed care to Holocaust survivors. This effort is being led by the Alpha Omega Foundation and the Henry Schein Company.
The highlight of Dr. Jack’s week was seeing his granddaughters.
"The cornerstone of leadership and professionalism is integrity and trust." Dr. Jack Dillenberg