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APEX Provides Students with Education Beyond Dental School

Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014


MADISON, Wis. (5/9/14) — The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) recently awarded 11 deserving dental students a trip to its annual meeting, AACD 2014, at no charge through the APEX scholarship program.

The APEX scholarship provides students with education through hands-on workshops and lectures at its annual scientific session, along with networking opportunities. This year, students traveled to Orlando April 30-May 3 for a comprehensive cosmetic dentistry educational experience.

This year’s winners are:

- Walberto Cantu, Marquette University

- Charles W. Vittitow, University of Kentucky

- Adam Barry Hammerbeck, Marquette University

- Leah Christine McQuigg, University of Colorado

- Zuleidy D. Arencibia, University of Puerto Rico

- Jessica Leigh Tucker, University of Tennessee

- Vera Telyakova, University of Toronto

- Natalie Ann Lesinski, University of Colorado

- Ida Zarrabi, University of CA - San Francisco

- Alexander Rubinov, Columbia University

- Andi-Jean Miro, New York University

The experience was especially helpful for Cantu, who was able to take classes beyond the scope of his dental school curriculum. “As a dental student we are limited to the training and education that we get at school,” Cantu said. “The courses that are offered here are second to none. I took classes ranging from dental implants, 5 layering technique restoring a Class IV lesion, to how to increase the profit of your practice. The highlight of the conference was learning from Dr. Newton Fahl, Jr. at one of his hands-on workshops.”

Lesinski appreciated the connections she made with other dental professionals in the field, including AACD President Dr. Jack Ringer.

“The community of dentists I had the opportunity to interact with were outstanding- top cosmetic dentists of the world. In fact, everyone I met was more than willing to help me grow as a current student and future dentist,” she said.

The AACD APEX Student Scholarship includes:

- Registration fees to the annual scientific session ($125 undergraduate)

- Round-trip coach-class airfare (up to a $500 value)

- Hotel accommodations for the annual scientific session ($1,000 value)

- One year of AACD membership ($20 undergraduate)

Dental students are eligible to apply for the scholarships and are judged on academic achievement, and their understanding of and commitment to the future of cosmetic dentistry.

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