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IT'S EASY BEING GREEN: An Interview With Stuart Silk Architects and George Constantine

For years, conservation and going green meant sharing an objectionable esthetic with tree huggers, Kalso Earth Shoes and the Cadillac Cimarron (anyone remember these? Parrish, you don’t count). And even some recent efforts seemed to have skipped the design phase entirely, with Kriston Capps noting in The American Prospect in 2009, “The field of architecture is experiencing a design crisis, with clients ranging from private owners to cities demanding that architects prioritize sustainability above all else — as if design itself were an obnoxious carbon-emitter.”

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The Pacific Northwest Dental Conference begins tomorrow and it’s not too late to register.  Just go here to register until midnight tonight (Wednesday, June 12) and skip the onsite registration lines. Otherwise, you'll still be able to register at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, PNDC Headquarters.

Join us for exciting lectures, fascinating hands-on workshops, the scavenger hunt, the welcome reception and more!  This year, you can receive up to 16.5 CE hours, the most credit hours ever available at PNDC.  We hope to see you there!



DQAC Update 

Last Friday, the Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) held a public meeting to discuss ongoing business before the commission. Here are the highlights:

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DENTAL RESIDENCIES: Their benefit to patient populations and practice stability

 Left to right: Drs. Bart Johnson, Amy Winston and Noah Letwin of Seattle Special Care Dentistry, and the Swedish Hospital GPR. Photo: Meryl Schenker Photography

Dental schools across the country do a remarkable job of educating the next generation of dentists, but as sound as those programs are, recent graduates could all benefit from additional practice, mentoring, and education. Cuts to Medicaid have diminished patient loads in the university setting, forcing students to scramble to complete clinic requirements, often performing procedures on extracted teeth rather than live patients. It’s unclear at this point when state legislatures will revisit Medicaid funding. General Practice Residencies (GPR) and their counterparts, Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD), could hold the key to providing the additional education, while at the same time increasing access to underserved patient populations in the state.

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