WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) have appointed Janet Guthmiller, DDS, PhD, as the new Associate Editor of MedEdPORTAL Publications—a free online international publication venue from AAMC that allows educators in the health professions to publish and share educational resources.
In 2008, ADEA and AAMC formed a partnership to expand MedEdPORTAL's medical education collection to include dental education resources. As an Associate Editor, Dr. Guthmiller will apply her extensive experience in dental education, research, service, and administration to encourage submissions, secure reviewers, and promote MedEdPORTAL Publications to the dental education community.
"Dr. Guthmiller's leadership and innovation in dental education and scholarship will go a long way toward the continued growth of MedEdPORTAL, which has become an invaluable resource in the dental education community," says ADEA Executive Director Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Guthmiller is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. She previously served as the Director of the Dental Student Research Group at the University of Iowa, and as a faculty advisor for the National Student Research Group of the American Association for Dental Research. Over the past 19 years, Dr. Guthmiller has served as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Maryland, the University of Iowa, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has taught at the predoctoral, graduate, and advanced dental education levels, including teaching experiences in didactic, preclinical, clinical, and research mentorship.
Beyond the university, Dr. Guthmiller is a board certified periodontist and practiced for 14 years. She has served on a number of national and regional committees. Last year, she represented academic deans for U.S. dental schools at an ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education (ADEA CCI) meeting at the ADEA Fall 2011 Meetings.
"Dr. Guthmiller values ambition, critical thinking, high-quality research, and collaboration in the dental education community, all of which are essential to the work of AAMC and MedEdPORTAL," says Chris Candler, M.D., Ed.D., MedEdPORTAL Editor-in-Chief. "We are thrilled to appoint such an accomplished voice in the field."
"I'm excited about this opportunity within MedEdPORTAL," says Dr. Guthmiller. "It will be invigorating to promote MedEdPORTAL and encourage submissions by dental faculty as well as collaborative efforts of health affairs faculty regarding interprofessional educational models and assessments."
Dr. Guthmiller holds a Ph.D. in Cellular and Structural Biology and a Certificate in Periodontology from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and a D.D.S. from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.