Vanchit John, DDS, MSD, 2004 Tarrson Fellow:

What is your research focus?

My research focus is currently on 'Calibration of Periodontal Teaching and how we as clinicians are being consistent in our teaching at the pre-doctoral level'. We just completed a 3 school study on the topic with Indiana University, Marquette University and West Virginia University. In addition, I am focusing on dental implant supported therapy and soft tissue grafting as treatment options for patients.

What has/have been the most significant contribution(s) of your research to our specialty?

To date I think my role in the calibration of periodontal teaching is my most significant contribution to research in our specialty. I am hoping that my continued research in this area will have an impact on teaching at a national level.

What are some future directions of your research program?

Periodontics and periodontal treatment is not being given enough respect. Periodontal treatment is being done by most GP's without paying too much attention to its
diagnosis and treatment planning. I want to continue to make efforts to change this. First by how we teach in Indiana, then other schools. I am planning to now start a study with Indiana University, Marquette University, Oklahoma University and Case Western University.

What influence did the support from the Foundation have on your career as a researcher?

Winning the Bud and Linda Tarrson award served as the springboard that provided the forward momentum for my plans. I am eternally grateful to have been chosen as a Tarrson Fellow in 2004.

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Congratulations to Gustavo Avila-Ortiz, DDS, MS, PhD, 2011 Teaching Fellow and 2009 AAPF Fellow to the ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning in the Health Professions, who recently was appointed Department Chair (DEO) and promoted to Professor at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Department of Periodontics.