Hostos Dental Hygiene Students Place First and Receive Honorable Mention at the Greater New York Dental Meeting

Two dental hygiene students from Eugenio María de Hostos Community College won first place awards and two of their classmates received honorable mention at the 2009 Greater New York Dental Meeting. The largest dental convention in the United States, this event was held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City on November 29, 2009.

First-place winners Kim Caton and Marcia Sarjudeen gave a table clinic presentation on “Thyroid Disease and the Dental Hygiene Role.”

Honorable mention resulted from Rashida Abbott and Gisel Whyte’s presentation on “Acid Erosion.”  The Hostos four competed with dental hygiene students from New York University, Farmingdale, and the New York City College of Technology.  In all, there were 50 contestants and 23 exhibits at the meeting.

“On behalf of the Hostos Community College family and The City University of New York, I congratulate Kim Caton and Marcia Sarjudeen for their first-prize winning clinical presentation,’” said Hostos President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “I also congratulate Rashida Abbot and Gisel Whyte for their presentation which received honorable mention. Their success speaks well for our college and the commitment of our faculty and staff to academic excellence.”

The table clinic presentations for Hostos students were coordinated by Ms. Joyce Dais, Hostos Associate Professor & Coordinator of the Dental Hygiene Unit of the Department of Allied Health Sciences: “The Convention was well attended by both full time and adjunct faculty,” she said.  “While some faculty were attending specific workshops or exhibits, others were reviewing table clinics and observing presentations from Hostos and the other schools.”

Other faculty mentors present at the convention included Prof. Petal Leuwaisee, who supervised the first place winners, Prof. Elvir Dincer who was in charge of the honorable mention winners, Prof. Salim Rayman, Prof. Julie Bencosme, and Prof. Sandra Castellanos.

In addition to providing opportunities for dental professionals to network, participate in professional development activities, and learn about new products and innovations in the industry, these annual conventions also serve as forums in which students can demonstrate scientific knowledge, clinical procedures, research findings, and best practices in the field of dentistry. 

About Hostos

Under the leadership of a new President, Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of CUNY offers access to higher education leading to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility through the development of linguistic, mathematical, technological, and critical thinking proficiencies needed for lifelong learning and for success in a variety of programs, including careers, liberal arts, transfer, and those professional programs leading to licensure. In addition to offering degree programs, the College serves as a resource for the South Bronx and other communities by providing continuing education, cultural events, and expertise for further development.

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