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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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The Wall of Wine is an important fundraiser for the Washington Oral Health Foundation. This year, all the proceeds from the Wall of Wine will go towards purchasing hygiene kits for the more than 2,500 kids who need them across Washington state.

Here’s how the event works: In return for a $20 donation, you’ll get to choose any individually wrapped bottle of wine at the WOHF Booth, some valued as high as $50. Bring cash, check or credit card to the WOHF table, choose any remaining bottle of wine, and benefit a great cause. Salut!

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Find out what all the excitement is about and join the scavenger hunt at PNDC from 7:00 a.m. on Thursday through noon on Friday.  Upload photos of as you explore the Hyatt Hotel, the pedestrian walkway, the Meydenbauer Center and more as you earn badges and points to win gift cards to Nordstrom and Palomino Restaurant.

To participate, download the PNDC app onto your mobile device (search PNDC on your App Store or Google Play), click the scavenger hunt icon, and begin!  The mobile app can also enhance your experience at the conference with interactive schedules, course evaluations, venue maps, parking and transportation information, and more!