In conjunction with the Georgia Dental Hygienists’ Association (GDHA) – Joanna Harris-Worelds, instructor and SADHA (Student American Dental Hygienist Association) advisor for the Clayton State University Department of Dental Hygiene, has been planning the Second Student Dental Hygiene Research Day at Clayton State for Friday, Feb. 28.
Student Dental Hygiene Research Day will have students participating from four dental hygiene programs -- Atlanta Tech, West Georgia Tech, Georgia Highlands College and Clayton State – doing more than just asking attendees to, “say ahhhhh.” The students will be presenting posters and table clinics. In addition, Georgia Perimeter College dental hygiene students will be attending to garner experience for future presentations.
Besides students, there will also be several dental vendors for attendees to ask questions of and to learn about new products. Attending the event, in addition to the students, will be faculty and some licensed dental hygienists.
The event starts at 9 a.m., in room CE-101 of the Clayton State Harry S. Downs Center. From 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Poster Group 1 and Table Clinic Group 1 will “man” their areas for a Q&A. Then, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Poster Group 2 and Table Clinic Group 2 will present. At noon, lunch will be served and the winners of the best poster and best table clinic presentations will be announced and awarded. (And, hopefully, Clayton State’s own Tooth Fairy and her giant tube of toothpaste will also make an appearance.)
Harris-Worelds points out that a goal of the GDHA is to have more student involvement with events to help learn about their professional organizations; a goal that is congruent with one of the foundations of Clayton State’s “Dreams. Made Real.” identity – engaged, experiential preparation. Harris-Worelds also notes that events like Student Dental Hygiene Research Day are helpful to ClaytonState’s students for networking within the profession.
“We’ve structured the event similar to what students may encounter at larger dental and dental hygiene conferences in hopes sparking their interest in research,” she adds.