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ADA President Visits the CU School of Dental Medicine

ADA President with Kyle Larsen and Dr. Gary Field
Dr. Gary Field, Dr. Carol Summerhays and Kyle Larsen
​Student debt, dental license exams and the portability of dental licenses were among the topics American Dental Association (ADA) President Carol Gomez Summerhays, D.D.S., addressed at the CU School of Dental Medicine today. Dr. Summerhays, who is in Colorado in preparation for the upcoming America's Dental Meeting being held in Denver later this year, met with more than 150 faculty and students to discuss the ADA’s priorities to help improve the issues dentists and the dental industry are facing. This rare opportunity to engage with the acting ADA President was an exciting moment for dental students and faculty who took advantage of this time by raising concerns about the dental profession. Dr. Summerhays offered great insight and honest responses, and concluded with a message of “accelerating positive change.”
The CU School of Dental Medicine welcomes the ADA America's Dental Meeting back to Denver for the first time since 1930. The dental profession has experienced a lot of changes in the 86 years since the last convention in Denver, and through today’s interaction with Dr. Summerhays, our faculty and students got a glimpse of what the next few decades might hold. For more information about the ADA and the annual meeting, please visit

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