On May 8, the DMD Class of 2018 enjoyed a special lecture from Paul Benjamin, D.M.D., the first graduate of the University of Florida College of Dentistry, during DEN6001 Introduction to Evidence-Based Dental Practice, led by Jaana Gold, D.D.S., Ph.D., an adjunct associate professor in the department of community dentistry and behavioral science.
Benjamin, who graduated in 1976, shared his insights about what he’s learned during his 40 years practicing dentistry. His stories were laced with lessons and humor, inspiring and energizing the class about what is ahead of them as oral health practitioners. He also talked about the importance of practicing evidence-based dentistry and the latest resources available for clinicians in practice, including the important of joining the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network.
The students also toured the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network South Atlantic Region office on the third floor of the dental tower where they were welcomed by Valeria Gordan, D.D.S., M.S., director of the South Atlantic region of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network. Gordan highlighted the network resources and benefits such as on-going clinical studies, member-forum, quick poll results, regional annual meetings and a connection to a vast network of dentists.
For more information about the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network, visit their website.