Category Archives: Courses

Dr. Dennis Smith Joins the Department of Periodontics as the Schluger Endowed Chair in Periodontics

The Department of Periodontics is pleased to welcome Dr. Dennis Smith as the 2017-2018 Saul Schluger Endowed Chair in Periodontics.

Drs. Mike Giardino, Amit Gharpure, Eddie Lee and Faisal AlJofi join Dr. Dennis Smith at the kickoff of his Fundamentals of Periodontal Surgery course.

Dr. Smith has returned to Seattle after teaching at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in California for the last eight years. This summer quarter Dr. Smith is teaching a new course to our first year residents covering the basics of periodontal anatomy, non-surgical periodontal therapy, and periodontal surgical rationale, technique and instrumentation, as well as teaching in Clinical Periodontics.

He received his MSD in Periodontics from the University of Washington in 1976 (as well as a certificate in Prosthodontics from the UW in 1974) and has held various academic appointments at the university in both Restorative Dentistry and Periodontics for over forty years.

ACLS Training at UW Periodontics

This past Saturday faculty and residents in the Department of Periodontics took part in an ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) certification/re-certification course led by trainers from Northwest Medical Training Group. The training was all day here at the health sciences center, and we give a hearty “Thank You!” to our dedicated team for giving up a Saturday in order to continue to be able to provide our patients with top-notch care.

faculty and residents at the 2016 ACLS training

Residents Tour LifeNet Health Facility

Levi Anderson and Dr. Ralph Powers from LifeNet Health along with Dr. Doug Dixon and the Perio residents at the conclusion of their lecture and tour

Levi Anderson and Dr. Ralph Powers from LifeNet Health along with Dr. Doug Dixon and the Perio residents at the conclusion of their lecture and tour

Last week our residents had a chance to get out of the clinic for an afternoon and visit LifeNet Health’s west coast branch. While there they listened to an in-depth educational presentation covering the history of tissue banking, donor issues, and end-user responsibilities and considerations. They also went on an extensive tour of the facility.

A big thank you to LifeNet Health for welcoming us!

Applications Accepted Now for 2017-2018 Academic Year

Apply now, applications being acception until August 1, 2016Our application process for the 2017-2018 academic year is in full swing – our deadline for applying is August 1, 2016 but we urge students to apply early.

Please see our Prospective Students page for information and  application materials, and if you have questions about the process, please do not hesitate to contact our program coordinator, Meghan Guillen. We look forward to seeing your application!

Mock Board Examinations

Tremendous thanks to all of our 2016 Mock Board Examiners - we couldn't do it without them!

Tremendous thanks to all of our 2016 Mock Board Examiners – we couldn’t do it without them!

One of the biggest events in the academic calendar for our Perio residents is the annual mock Board examinations, when our regular faculty, affiliate faculty and special guests join together to spend a day preparing the students for the American Board of Periodontology oral examination. Each third year resident has the opportunity to be examined on 6 different cases with 6 different examiners, while our second year residents are examined and observe cases, and the first years observe only.

The examinations are fun but tough, and after a long day everyone (examiners and residents alike) is glad to relax and enjoy happy hour together at a nearby restaurant. This year we had glorious weather – what a finish to another year of Mock Boards!

The sun was out and the view from the deck of Eastlake Bar & Grill was hard to beat - so was the company last Friday!

The sun was out and the view from the deck of Eastlake Bar & Grill is hard to beat – so was the company last Friday!

UW Periodontics at the WDSF Distinguished Professorship Symposium

Doug Dixon, Gary Armitage, Rafael Benoliel and Ed Truelove at the WDSF Distinguished Professor Symposium

Doug Dixon, Gary Armitage, Rafael Benoliel and Ed Truelove at the WDSF Distinguished Professor Symposium

Dr. Ed Truelove was honored as the 2016 WDSF Distinguished Professor at the biennial symposium, which this year had a special focus on “The Current Scope of Clinical Diagnostics and Risk Assessments in Dental Practice and Prospects for Near Term Advancements in Diagnostic Methods Applicable in Routine Patient Care”.

Dr. Doug Dixon served on the organizing committee and was a moderator for the afternoon session on Friday May 13th, which featured presentations by Dr. Gary Armitage, Dr. Rafael Benoliel and Dr. Truelove.

2016 Implant Short Course

Earlier this Spring Quarter the first year Perio and Prosth residents gathered at the home of Dr. Robert London to take part in his annual short course on implants. This four day hands on course allows the residents to receive focused intensive training in a relaxed and congenial setting.

collage of images of residents during the course

This year the residents were treated to a lecture and extra instruction from Dr. Simone Verardi (class of ’04) who was visiting Seattle during the course.

Drs. Simone Verardi and Bob London

Dr. Simone Verardi and Dr. Bob London

Thank you to Dr. London for organizing and leading the course and hosting it at his house! Our very special thanks as well to Alisa London for all of her hard work behind the scenes to make the course happen flawlessly.


Osseous Surgery and Flap Management 2016

Osseous surgery short course with dental residents and models

First year Perio and Prosth residents with Dr. Herb Selipsky | Hands-on work with models

Each year during Winter Quarter the first year Perio and Prosth residents take part in a 5 week mini-course on Osseous Surgery and Flap Management, led by Dr. Herb Selipsky (Affiliate Professor and Class of ’73). There are weekly lectures and an extensive hands-on portion to the course. This is a fun series where the residents get a chance to practice and learn new techniques in a small group setting.

Thank you so much to Dr. Selipsky for his time and dedication in leading this course – it takes a lot of preparation beforehand and the department and the residents really appreciate his contribution!

Short Course on Dental Sedation

Perio residents and faculty gather for a group picture

Dr. Geoffrey Bean receiving his UW Grad Perio appreciation certificate from Dr. Dixon and the graduate residents

As part of our Selected Topics in Periodontics series the Grad Perio residents were treated to a four part lecture series on dental sedation, taught by Affiliate Assistant Professor Dr. Geoffrey Bean. For the final evening of the series they practiced their techniques on IV training arms loaned to the department by the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies here at the UW.

Special thanks to Dr. Bean for leading the series – we really enjoyed his presentations and insightful instruction! We’re already looking forward to next year and another great course.

Wrapping Up Autumn Quarter

sunny view of Portage Bay and Capital Hill from UW Periodontics

A stunning December day from the Periodontics Department looking out over Portage Bay

We’ve just finished a successful Autumn Quarter here at the UW and all are off to enjoy the break with family and friends (and take advantage of clinic downtime to work on research and other projects)!

It was a great quarter, with our first year residents diving fully into patient care and our second and third year residents working hard on continuing patient care and research projects. They were also treated to a number of guest lectures and lunch and learns, including two stellar lecture series from Dr. David Mathews and Dr. Ken Akimoto (both affiliate faculty members in the department). On the Predoctoral side we made it through the first quarter of the new dental clerkship program with shining marks from the students.

We can’t wait to see what Winter Quarter brings, and hope this holiday season brings joy and happiness to you and yours!