The New Frontier in Dental School Collaboration
Thursday, July 14, 2022
5:25 PM – 5:55 PM
Dr. Bill Piskorowski holds a DDS from Loyola University, Chicago, IL and practiced dentistry from 1979 to 2006, which he left to take a full time position at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry as Director of Outreach and Community Affairs. As Asst. Dean for Community-Based Dental Education, he grew the program from a 3-week experience for dental students at four external sites with eight preceptors in 2006 to a maximum of 12 weeks of experience with over 39 sites and 117 credentialed preceptors. The Community-Based Clinical Education Program (CBCE) during his 11 year directorship delivered 45 million dollars in dental services to over 250,000 patients. The extern experiences included rotations at Federally Qualified Health Centers, Private Practices, Tribal and Indian Health Service Clinics, Mobile Clinics, Correctional Facilities, Local and State Supported Clinics, Community-Based Outpatient Clinics for Veterans and Veteran Hospitals, Donated Service Programs and most recently, Dental Service/Support Organizations (DSOs). Connected to this growth was also the creation of a one-of-a-kind nationally recognized program that was financially self-sustaining. In 2013 he received the prestigious William J. Gies Award for Outstanding Innovation by a Dental Educator as recognition of his achievements in this area. In 2014 he was the recipient of the Emmett C. Bolden Dentist Citizen of the Year Award from the Michigan Dental Association. He was just recently recognized for Innovation in HealthCare Award, presented by the Hamilton Community Health Network at their 35th Anniversary Celebration Banquet, Bringing Oral Health Care Services to underserved populations of Flint, Michigan.
Dr. Piskorowski is passionate about access to care issues for those less fortunate and has delivered numerous presentations to state legislators and component dental societies regarding the school’s community involvement. Recently retiring from the University of Michigan and saluted by the regents with the honor of Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus of Dentistry, Dr. Piskorowski left his program on solid ground in order to further enhance student’s education and access to care for vulnerable populations in California. Presently as Associate Dean for Community-Based Clinical Education, Health Science Clinical Professor at UCLA with his Community-Based Clinical Education Team have implemented a 6 week service learning program for fourth-year dental students and residents with plans for expansion. Expansion plans include more service weeks as well as incorporating an interprofessional health model with other health disciplines at our external locations. This innovative service model now exists at several universities with others considering the template for their student service learning programs.
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