Five members of Touro College of Dental Medicine’s (TCDM) inaugural class attended the American Dental Education Association’s (ADEA) “Hack-a-Thon” event recently at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. The Hack-a-thon is a competition to create the best dental school curriculum. The teams were a mix of students from nine dental schools− TCDM, New York University, Tufts, Boston University, Harvard, University of New England, Stony Brook, University of Connecticut, and Buffalo.
Students were encouraged to think outside the box and incorporate experiences and insights from their various backgrounds to create an innovative dental program. Each group focused on two areas to incorporate into their curriculum, such as public health and licensure. The day ended with presentations by each team followed by the selection of first and second-place winners.
TCDM’s Aman Kumar, top left, was on the winning team whose curriculum included a flipped classroom educational model, interprofessional case presentations and a mentorship program. Others pictured are: top from left: Benjamin Droney and Alexander Black. Bottom from left: Morgan Atanasio and Sonia Suri.