Less than one month after Dr. Dillenberg’s retirement, he had the honor of speaking to the incoming ASDOH class of 2020 at their White Coat Ceremony. He joined ASDOH’s new Dean, Dr. Bob Trombly, in welcoming the new students.
As Dean Emeritus, Dr. Jack continues to work with Dr. Norman Gevitz to establish the ATSU Center for the Future of Health Professions. Additionally, he is working with other health organizations to improve access to oral health care while promoting the integration of oral health into primary care.
The week began with ASDOH’s recognition of Mary Busch’s retirement and contributions to promoting community oral health. Dr. Jack Dillenberg and Mary worked together over 25 years ago establishing the dental clinic at the Gomper’s Special Needs School in Phoenix, Ariz.
The rest of the week Dr. Jack Dillenberg spent his time wrapping up his duties as ASDOH’s Dean. Thinking he was going to a meeting in the JJLC Lecture Hall, the ASDOH community surprised with an appreciation celebration.
The week began with Dr. Jack Dillenberg participating on the Shils Entrepreneurial Fund Board conference call to help identify this year’s awardees. He also participated in the Social Mission Metrics Advisory Committee meeting chaired by Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan. The advisory group based at George Washington University is continuing to develop a survey instrument to measure service mission activities at health professions universities.
The week culminated with Dr. Jack Dillenberg returning to the Mesa Rotary Club as their featured luncheon speaker. He was reminded that he spoke to this group 15 years ago during the start of ASDOH’s existence. En route to Jerome, Dr. Jack Dillenberg joined other CAMBRA conference speakers on a call to discuss this year’s annual CAMBRA meeting which will be held in Denver on August 20-22.
The week began with leaders from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso visiting ASDOH as they prepare to start a dental school. Their interest in the ASDOH model set the stage for future collaboration between the two universities.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg convened an all ASDOH Town Hall to discuss ATSU’s newly implemented faculty promotion policy along with other issues. The meeting proved beneficial and helped clarify a number of questions raised by the participants.
The holiday week was extended by Dr. Jack Dillenberg enjoying a few vacation days in Jerome. While there, he conducted a live webinar for Curapro, the Swiss toothbrush manufacturer. The title was “Dentistry Beyond the Drill” and focused on leadership and qualities needed to be a successful healthcare provider.
Soon after, he traveled to Houston, Texas for the AADMD Conference. The conference provided a wonderful opportunity for Dr. Jack to visit with ASDOH alums as well as old friends, all of whom work to help the intellectually and developmentally disabled. This organization provides leadership for the healthy athletes component of the Special Olympics.
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.
"Leadership requires courage - for a turtle to go forward, he has to stick his neck out!" Dr. Jack Dillenberg