“We are extremely proud of our students’ engagement at the state conference,” said Sandra L. Richmond, dean of nursing and health sciences. “Applying their hands-on learning to promote awareness of these important and emerging topics in dental hygiene demonstrates their commitment to their future role as a dental hygienist and improving patient outcomes.”
In teams or as individuals, 12 Penn College students presented six posters. Other Penn College presenters and their topics were:
- Emily K. Conklin, of Port Allegany, and Alaina M. Murren, of Aspers, presenting “Alzheimer's Disease and the Periodontal Patient: Connecting the Dots”
- Tayla E. Derr, of Selinsgrove; Angela D. Mann, of Montoursville; and Hannah M. Keller, of Reinholds, presenting “Laser Focus: Diode Laser Treatment for the Periodontium”
- Anna Plokhova, of Boalsburg, and Sarah U. Brumbaugh, of Altoona, presenting “Caring for Patients With Oral Cancer”
- Emma K. Pingel, of Beach Lake, and Justina Y. Zaborskiy, of Quarryville, presenting “Subgingival Air Polishing and Implant Maintenance”
“All of the students did an amazing job and were an excellent representation of the college at the state level,” said Shawn A. Kiser, the college’s director of dental hygiene.
The students were supervised by Bridget E. Motel, instructor of dental hygiene, and Lisa E. DeVito, part-time instructor of dental hygiene, who serve as advisers for the Penn College chapter of the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association.
The four-day Keystone Dental Health Conference, which is the annual session of the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association, was held Nov. 7-10 in King of Prussia.
Penn College offers an associate degree in dental hygiene and is one of two higher education institutions in Pennsylvania that offer a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. Registered dental hygienists, who already hold an associate degree, can complete their bachelor’s degree coursework online. For more information about these and other degrees offered by the college’s School of Nursing & Health Sciences, call 570-327-4519 or visit www.pct.edu/nhs.
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