The week started with Dr. Dillenberg’s end-of-year student brown bag lunch which drew a large number of students from all four classes to visit with the dean. Following the meeting, Dr. Jack met with all four class presidents to discuss current issues and his transition to retirement plan.
On Tuesday evening, Dr. Jack Dillenberg attended the ASDOH Chapter of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) National Dental Honor Society for its annual induction banquet. OKU was founded for the purpose of encouraging scholarship and advancing the ethical standards of the dental profession. Members are elected from the top 20 percent of the class.
Pacific Dental Services (PDS) hosted the ASDOH Dean Advisory Board in Irvine, Calif. Board members included dental industry senior executives along with dental plan owners and Dean Dillenberg along with Dean elect, Dr. Robert Trombly. They met to discuss the Dean’s transition along with ideas as to how to grow ASDOH’s “brand” in dental education. The board unanimously supported and offered assistance in the development for the Center for Health Innovation and Technology.
Mid-week, Dr. Dillenberg traveled to Nashville, Tenn. to deliver the opening keynote address at the Fourth Tri-State Oral Health Summit. His remarks focused on the future of dentistry and attributes needed to be a successful dentist in the years to come in the emerging health care system.
The week began with Dr. Jack Dillenberg introducing Dean elect, Dr. Robert Trombly to Dr. and Mrs. Prajapati for lunch at Rana Singh Sodhi’s restaurant.
The majority of Dean Dillenberg’s week centered around his participation in the HSDM 150th year celebration and events. He moderated a panel discussion on “Dental Education for the next 150 Years.” While there, he had an opportunity to visit former students, friends and colleagues. While in Boston, Dr. Jack Dillenberg also met with leaders of the Dentaquest Foundation and Institute to discuss ASDOH’s continuing efforts to be innovative in the emerging world of digital dentistry.
ASDOH hosted a number of national dental leaders to discuss the ASDOH’s efforts to integrate oral health into primary care.
The Medical University of South Carolina and their state dental association invited Dr. Jack Dillenberg to speak in Charleston, SC. He spoke about the changing face of the dental profession to respond to the changing oral health needs in America. In addition to reconnecting with friends from the past, Dr. Jack experienced some of the fabulous cuisine of Charleston. The MUSC Dental School celebrated its 50th year anniversary of the dental school.
Early in the week, Dr. Jack Dillenberg attended the Positive Paths Fourth Annual Night of Hero’s Gala where he was previously honored as Man of the Year for having made a positive difference in our community. This event and organization raises dollars and “ignites a future” for deserving women through scholarships and mentoring.
Later in the week, Dr. Jack joined other dental deans to participate in the newly formed Western Dental Dean Consortium which held its second meeting at USC. The meeting provided a forum for the Western dental school deans to begin discussions on collaborative activities and bring together their combined experiences to promote innovative and meaningful projects to the Western part of the US. Seven dental school deans attended, along with ASDOH’s Dean elect, Bob Trombly.
The following day, Dr. Jack Dillenberg was the keynote speaker for Catch the Wave to Success, a Pre-Health Conference and Graduate Exhibition held at the campus of San Diego State University (SDSU). Close to 300 students participated in the event. His presentation focused on the skills needed to be a successful healthcare provider in 2030.
Due to hand surgery, much of Dr. Jack Dillenberg’s week was spent in treatment and recovery.
At the end of the week, he returned to ASDOH to greet leaders from Chapman University in Orange County Calif. who visited the ASDOH campus. The Chapman team met with ASDOH leaders to learn about the ASDOH educational model and discuss their interest in possibly adding dental education to their health science program. A follow-up meeting will be held at Chapman’s Irvine campus to continue discussions.
Preparation for the Western Regional Dental Convention (WRDC) occupies Dr. Jack Dillenberg’s focus this week. On Friday morning, he spoke at the American and International College of Dentists breakfast where those gathered celebrated his upcoming retirement. Dr. Jack had the opportunity to share his thoughts about the future of oral health care delivery in the new emerging health care system in America. Following the breakfast, Dr. Jack had the opportunity to visit with many clinicians, dental hygienists, other dental professionals and convention exhibitors. ASDOH students also presented their research projects at the poster exhibits.
The Brighterway Institute Board met at the start of the week to review progress in the veteran’s receiving free implants and dentures program. The Brighterway Institute acknowledged two major donations which will contribute to increasing access to oral healthcare to the underserved.
Midweek, Dr. Jack Dillenberg went to Tucson to participate in the ATSU Alumni and Friends reception. A large number of ASDOH graduates and family members were at the event to celebrate ASDOH’s continuing success and the retirement of Dean Dillenberg. Dr. Jack also shared some of his plans for post-retirement.
His short week concluded with a long weekend in Jerome, Ariz.
The annual ADEA meeting’s theme, Beyond Boundaries, provided a stimulating topic for presentations and discussions. The Harvard School of Dental Medicine Symposium on the oral health physician, was one of many examples.
It also provided opportunities for colleagues to reconnect. One of the books showcased was co-authored by ASDOH Director of Research, Ann Spolarich. Its focus is on evidence-based prevention of oral disease. Dr. Jack Dillenberg spent time with industry leaders and dental educators who wanted to discuss his plans after retirement.
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.
"Leadership requires courage - for a turtle to go forward, he has to stick his neck out!" Dr. Jack Dillenberg