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Promoting oral health and well being for individuals with special needs.


Stony Brook University SCDA Student Award Winners, Nicklaus Heath and Jessica Zucker with Dr. Debra Cinotti (center), Director of the General Practice Residency Program

SCDA’s Awards and Recognition Program was instituted to encourage the sensitivity and sensibility of the dental profession and allied health professionals toward the needs of special patient populations. It is designed to justly award and publicize the special projects, achievements and aptitudes of those individuals demonstrating a sincere interest in the needs of patients with special needs.

The program seeks to recognize dental and dental hygiene students in any year of their education. The Awards and Recognition Program seeks to encourage development of enriched undergraduate dental and dental hygiene curricula, special projects and increased exposure in the area of management and treatment of patients with special needs.

Awards are given annually by SCDA to those individuals or teams of individuals who have distinguished themselves in any of the several eligibility categories. Awards may be conferred by the dental school or dental hygiene program at the appropriate recognition ceremony. The award includes a certificate of recognition and a free SCDA membership.


Dental and dental hygiene students, individually or in a group of up to three students, may qualify for the award by demonstrating a sincere interest and concern for the needs of patients with special needs while an undergraduate dental or dental hygiene student and by meeting one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrate a special research aptitude and competence in managing and treating patients with special needs (i.e., disabled, medically compromised and unmanageable pediatric patients).
  2. Write an original research paper or clinical case presentation worthy of publication during their undergraduate dental/dental hygiene education in the area of management, education or treatment of patients with special needs.
  3. Present an original table clinic or scientific presentation at a dental or dental hygiene school or a local, state or national dental or dental hygiene meeting relevant to the management, education or treatment of patients with special needs.
  4. Undertake a special research project for collecting research data or otherwise investigating a topic of special interest in the area of management, education or treatment of patients with special needs.
  5. Develop original techniques and methods for effectively treating, educating or managing patients with special needs.
  6. Participate in special outreach and/or home bound programs for dental schools or dental hygiene programs, local community programs or programs sponsored by the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped serving the needs of patients with special needs.

Nomination Deadline: June 30, 2020

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32nd Annual Meeting on Special Care Dentistry

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