College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics

Dean's Message

It's commencement day! After four years of dental school, this part of your professional and personal journey is complete. We are proud of what you have accomplished. You have survived a global pandemic in the the middle of your dental education, and you are poised to make an impact on our profession as you graduate. My Iowa education made an enormous impact on me, and it still serves me well. As you embark on the next steps of your journey, we hope that you will carry your knowledge and skill in dentistry and your concern for the well-being of your patients with you.  ~Clark Stanford

Updates for June 3, 2022–June 17, 2022

Jarod Johnson

Always a Hawkeye: Jarod Johnson ('13 DDS) shares experience, advice on managing anxiety and depression

Anxiety and depression are common human experiences, and dentists are no exception. This phenomenon has become particularly acute over the course of the pandemic. Alumnus Jarod Johnson ('13 DDS) shared about his experiences with anxiety and depression and offered some advice that has been helpful for him in managing his anxiety and depression. Sharing one's mental health struggles is an important step in normalizing paying attention to and getting treatment for mental health struggles. Jarod Johnson models that well for the dental profession. Thank you!

Sara Stuefen

Iowa alumnae discusses the benefits of practicing in a rural community

Sara Stuefen ('10 DDS), a dentist practicing in Vinton, IA, was recently interviewed for an article from the American Dental Association Practice Transitions about owning a rural practice with all the benefits of an urban lifestyle. 

Excerpt: After graduating from the University of Iowa, Dr. Stuefen wanted to work in a small town where she could know her patients and make a difference. “I know I flourish in a smaller environment,” she says. “I like feeling connected to my patients and being able to rely on myself.” 

Clark Stanford speaking at alumni reception at IDEAS22

Hawkeyes at IDEAS22

The 2022 Iowa Dental Association Annual Meeting (IDEAS) was held at the end of April in Des Moines. The University of Iowa held an alumni reception at the annual meeting, and since it was the first in-person annual meeting since the pandemic began, the event announced and presented numerous award winners, which included many Hawkeyes! 


Awards for graduating fourth-year students

Several fourth-year dental students received awards for their efforts as dental students. Dean Clark Stanford presented the awards to Abigail Wieland, JoElla Guagliardo, and Emily Starman. Learn more about the awards and view photos of the recipients.

Four award winners with certificates

2022 OPRM award winners

On May 12, 2022, the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine (OPRM) held their annual student award luncheon. This luncheon is an opportunity to celebrate the successes of OPRM students and to recognize their accomplishments. Congratulations to John Michael Schaeffer, Jack S. Smith, Emma Katherine Miller, and Morgan Scholtes. 

Britney LeGrand

The College of Dentistry welcomes Britney LeGrand

Britney LeGrand has joined the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry as a dental assistant. Britney became a dental assistant in 2021, and she worked in retail positions prior to that throughout high school. Britney was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, IA. Her family includes her mom, two brothers, and a sister who is also a Dental Assistant at the college (Nicole LeGrand in OPRM), and her family dog, Nala. In her free time, Britney likes to go on walks, read, and watch movies.  


A YouTube Screen Capture Showing an Iowa D2 Student Discussing Why Iowa: We make the best dentists

Why Iowa: We produce the best dentists

To the newly minted (later today!) alumni Class of 2022, know that you join elite company. Throughout Iowa's history, Iowa dentists have routinely heard from their colleagues—whether in the military, graduate programs, or private practice—that “we know you will hit the ground running because you’re from Iowa.” You are ready for this! Keep it up, Hawkeyes!

Social Shoutout

In response to hearing about Lynn Curry ('65 DDS) receiving an 8 over 80 award from the University of Iowa Center for Advancement, Elizabeth Karstens Faber added to a host of congratulations and kudos for Curry, saying, "Congratulations, Dr. Curry! You were instrumental in the success of Lifelong Smiles Coalition as well. Your service is appreciated and this honor is well -deserved!"

The top of the page from a journal article

Collaborative and innovative research

Jain A, Schollmeyer A, Peter T, Xie XJ, Anamali S. Survival analysis of crown margin repair: A retrospective study in a dental school setting. J Am Dent Assoc. 2022 May;153(5):414-420. doi: 10.1016/j.adaj.2021.08.012. Epub 2021 Dec 29. PMID: 34973706.

For a crown with a defective margin, it is less invasive and more economical to repair it than to replace it. Jain and her research team evaluated the longevity of such repairs and isolated the factors that helped explain better survival rates. The team found that, over approximately a decade, just over 30% required further repair or replacement, and that repairs done with resin-modified glass ionomer or amalgam materials tended to have better survival rates.

State University of Iowa Dentistry Class of 1899

Iowa Trailblazers: The 1899 graduating class

One-hundred and twenty-three years ago, the Class of 1899 graduated and began their careers as dentists. The University of Iowa College of Dentistry has been a leader in the profession in three centuries. The Class of 2022 carries this legacy and proud history with them as they start their careers.  


June 3, Commencement for the College of Dentistry, Hancher Auditorium, 3:00 p.m.

June 10, Last Chance CE: Iowa Dental Reviews / Views from World Leaders in Operative Dentistry

July 11, PhD Defense: Danian Alhazmi, "A CBCT Investigation of Morphological Integration, Cervical Spine Non-Segmentation, and Volumetric Maxillary Sinus Association with Dental Impactions," mentored by co-chairs Shankar Rengasamy Venugopalan and Trishul Allareddy, N212 DSB, 11:00 a.m.

August 5, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

August 11, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

August 26, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

September 8, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

September 9, CE Course: Olin Family Visiting Lectureship, Peter Nordland, Utilization of Periodontal Plastic Surgery to Assist in the Esthetic Outcome.

September 10, Pregame Professional Program, Iowa v. Iowa State.

September 15, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

September 16, Alumni Reunion Weekend Reunion and CE-Classes Ending in 2s and 7s (details forthcoming)

September 17, Pregame Professional Program, Iowa v. Nevada (University Family Weekend)

September 17, Alumni Weekend Tailgate, Iowa v. Nevada

September 23, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

September 30, CE Course: Elevating Patient-Centered Restorative Care: Integrating Technology and Biology to Optimize Outcomes

October 1, Pregame Professional Program (Michigan)

October 1, Alumni Tailgate, Iowa v Michigan

October 3, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

October 14, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

October 21, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

October 28, CE Course: Pediatric Dentistry Legends in the Fall

October 29, Pregame Professional Program (Northwestern/University Homecoming)

October 29, Alumni Tailgate, Iowa v. Northwestern (University Homecoming)

November 4-5, Iowa Mission of Mercy, Des Moines

November 11, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

November 11, CE Course: A Full Day Endodontic Experience

November 12, Pregame Professional Program (Wisconsin)

November 16, Virtual Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

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