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Dental School's prosthodontics residents are nation's best

Prosthodontics residents in The University of Texas of Health Science Center at San Antonio's (UTHSCSA) Dental School earned top honors in competitive judging at recent meeting of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP), the ADA-recognized organization for the specialty of prosthodontics.

Two of only three finalists in the nation qualified to present their work in the John J. Sharry Prosthodontic Research Competition are UTHSCSA's prosthodontics residents Reva Barewal, D.D.S., and Albert Chung, D.D.S., Ph.D. Finalists earned an expense-paid trip to the conference and the chance to compete. Dr. Barewal won first-place honors for her research, "Resonance Frequency Measurement of Implant Stability IN VIVO on Implants with a Sandblasted and Acid-Etched Surface," and a $1,250 cash prize. Dr. Chung won third place for his presentation, "Surface Characteristics of a Titanium-Aluminum Nitride Film Coating on a Base Metal Alloy," and a $500 cash prize.

Scott Dyer, D.D.S., a senior resident in the graduate prosthodontics residency program, topped 42 table clinic presentations with his research, "Development and Use of an Ultra Thin Fiber-Reinforced Denture Palate." His first-place ranking included a cash award of $750.

These honors prove the Dental School's reputation as the nation's best. "Our residency program in the specialty of prosthodontics has had a rich history of exceptional leadership and outstanding residents, as well as a respected national presence," said Lily T. Garcia, D.D.S., associate professor and chair of the department of prosthodontics. "I was so proud of our residents and all of our faculty who served as moderators and presenters at the meeting. The Texas influence was noticeable!"

The Dental School's participation indeed was evident. Dr. Garcia moderated the prosthodontic pre-doctoral educators seminar "Use of CD Technology in Prosthodontic Education." Robert Cronin Jr., D.D.S., head of the division of graduate prosthodontics presented the lecture "Dental Implant Use in Growing Patients," and was elected president of the American Board of Prosthodontics. Michael Mansuetto, D.D.S., moderated the session "How To Write A Technique Article" and served as chair of the Table Clinics and judging. Richard Seals, D.D.S., associate professor of prosthodontics and director of predoctoral prosthodontic education, was re-elected to lead one of ACP's two governing bodies as speaker of the house of delegates.

Contact: Aileen Salinas