By Douglas Hackleman - February 26, 2020

In the drive to transform the LLUSD academic and clinical curriculum, Dean Robert Handysides, DDS’93, initiated a second Dean’s Challenge (June 7) backed by another $50,000 to be shared among the creators of the three curriculum contribution submissions voted best by the School’s faculty, students, and staff.

Encouraged not just by last year’s three winners but by the quality and innovations demonstrated by all of last year’s ten submissions, Dean Handysides was convinced that another challenge would “stimulate even more development and growth.” The second Dean’s Challenge focus is “to improve our customer experience—customers being defined as students and patients.”

A seven-point rubric was made available to all contestants, a panel of judges was selected, and a date (November 1, 2019) set by which the innovative curricula would be presented to the panel.

Nine groups made their presentations to the judges from which five were selected and made available online from where the LLUSD staff, students, and faculty could vote (until midnight December 6), rank ordering the three that impressed them the most.

The winners were announced December 13 at Faculty Advanced Seminar and are pictured below.

First place, $25,000 — Portable Devices

Lead: Kiddee Poomprakobsri, MBA, DDS’12, MSD’18, assistant professor, Division of General Dentistry Collaborators: Ji Yeon (Eunice) Chung, D3; Purin Chirachevin, D3; Steven Powell, DDS’87, assistant professor, Division of General Dentistry

Second Place, $15,000 — Dental Rental

Lead: Charlotte Marshall, MBA (center), administrative assistant, Division of General Dentistry; Collaborators: Chan Mee Lee (left), D1; and Johnathan Kim, D3

Third place, $10,000 — Clinic of the Future

Lead: Matthew King (left), D3 Collaborators: Greg Mitchell, DDS’84, assistant professor, Division of General Dentistry (center); and Jhonny CastroTigre, D3