The 2016 Richard C. Pugh Achievement Award Recipients were announced by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD) in early February, and of the 15 recipients nationwide, three hail from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. Dr. Brandon Boike, Dr. Meghan Carter and Dr. Lindsay Statile – all Gators – were in the distinguished group of honorees.
The Pugh Award honors the top three percent of the scores in the annual Qualifying Examination of the ABPD across the United States.
Carter, a Tampa native, was a Gainesville pediatric dentistry resident, while Boike and Statile, Traverse City, Mich., and Raleigh, N.C., natives, respectively, were both residents in the Naples UFCD program in coordination with the Naples Children and Education Foundation (NCEF) Pediatric Dental Center. The UFCD-run center offers routine and specialty services for children ages birth-21 in the state-of-the-art pediatric dental facility to help close the gaps in oral health in the Southwest Florida community.
With 10 residents in Gainesville, and 10 in Naples, 2016 marks the second consecutive year that residents from both Gainesville and Naples have won the Pugh Award.
The Richard C. Pugh Achievement Award is the namesake honor for Dr. Pugh, who was the ABPD’s Educational Measurement Consultant for 28 years before retiring in 1998.