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.
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.
"Leadership requires courage - for a turtle to go forward, he has to stick his neck out!" Dr. Jack Dillenberg