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Dental faculty member named as AADS fellow (3-21-00)

Gary F. Guest, D.D.S., associate professor in the Department of Dental Diagnostic Science, was named a fellow of the Leadership Institute of the American Association of Dental Schools (AADS). He was one of 15 dental faculty selected nationwide for for the institute’s inaugural class.

The fellows attended a series of seminars to enhance leadership skills and network with other fellows and AADS members. Each participant also pursued a project to propose national recommendations related to critical issues for dental and/or higher education.

As chairman of the Dental School’s Information Systems Committee, Dr. Guest headed the development of a strategic plan for implementation of information systems in the school. The Dental School this month was cited in a New York Times article as being a leader in digital education among dental schools.

Dr. Guest also has developed outcome assessments for measuring the impact of the use of electronic course materials in the dental curriculum. Starting with the entering freshman class this fall, dental students at the Health Science Center will be required to purchase a laptop computer, which will contain all the course didactic material they will need for the year, including textbooks.

"We have to recognize that the computer is a necessary tool we can use to impart information more efficiently," Dr. Guest said. "Given the vastness of content in health sciences education, health professionals of the future will need to be able to access information quickly, judge its quality and use critical thinking skills in application of the information. The laptop will help facilitate that."

Dr. Guest is a native San Antonian and a graduate of the Dental School. He joined the faculty part time in the early 1980s and became a full-time member in 1993. He teaches courses in oral diagnosis and treatment planning, in addition to serving as the school’s internal Web master.

He credits the vision of the Dental School dean, Kenneth Kalkwarf, D.D.S., who was mentioned in the New York Times article, and cooperative faculty with making possible the integration of information technology in supporting the school’s missions.

Contact: Will Sansom or Jennifer Lorenzo