In February, Dr. Jack Dillenberg led a group of colleagues to Amman, Jordan. Dr. Tony Hashemian, Dr. Saba Kalamchi and Ms. Elizabeth Russell from ASDOH, along with Dr.Neal Demby, Senior Vice President of Lutheran Medical Center (LMC), came together to explore establishing a program in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST).
This would be a unique residency in that it would be managed by LMC, accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), and have a public health fellowship embedded within it as a required component, thus making it a combined General Dentistry and Public Health residency. The Public Health (PH) component would be managed by the ATSU School of Health Management in collaboration with ASDOH.
The residency/fellowship would be initially offered for graduates of JUST; students would be both from and outside of Jordan.
Program plans are being finalized for implementation in July of 2012.
The mantra Dr. Dillenberg teaches all of his dental students and staff is, “There’s a person attached to that tooth, a family attached to that person and a community attached to that family,” says Dr. Jack Dillenberg the Inaugural Dean at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health.
The focus of his program is to expose students to the some of the most underserved in the U.S.
If there is one thing that you need to know about Dr. Dillenberg, it’s the importance of relationships. At ASDOH, the focus is on the relationships built between practitioners and students, students and patients, and staff and students. Dr. Dillenberg says, “We’re training health-care providers, not tooth technicians.”
It is the goal of the school to expose students to a variety of experiences and to expose them to some of the most underserved in the U.S. It is the hope that, “These students will go out and practice in underserved communities throughout Arizona and the country,” says Dr. Dillenberg.
"The most difficult glue to find is the one to repair broken trust." Dr. Jack Dillenberg