Monday, June 20, 2011

University of Manitoba Alumni Bulletin Article Featuring ClearDent: Software Maker Steps Up

ClearDent offers a glimpse of the future and makes big impact on students

Submitted By Lisa Thomson Stifora, Stewardship and Communications Officer


Dr. Doug Brothwell, Associate Dean (Academic); Shelly Shultz, ClearDent Consultant; Randal Anderson-Hill, ClearDent Consultant; Dr. Pamela Dahl, Director, CCOH.
With a gift of practice management software worth well over $250,000, ClearDent, in partnership with the Faculty of Dentistry’s Centre for Community Oral Health (CCOH), is giving Manitoba’s dental students a glimpse of what their future dental practices may look like.
ClearDent introduced the idea of paperless practice to the dental industry with its invention nine years ago. With the software, dentists can do their charting chair-side, using revolutionary touch screen technology that is not only quick and efficient, but also more ergonomic and much better for infection control than other available options. The opportunity to partner with ClearDent was one that CCOH jumped at. And for ClearDent and its Sales Manager, Peter Li, the partnership was a natural fit.
“I am quite involved with charities that help those who are underprivileged at home in B.C., so, knowing that CCOH in your Faculty of Dentistry is also focused on serving those who are less privileged, I could see that it was a good fit,” says Li. “The fact that it would also allow students to work on our software made it a golden opportunity.”
Li stresses that the University of Manitoba was ClearDent’s number one choice for a university partner. With one of the largest outreach programs in Canada, Manitoba’s dental school was a perfect venue for ClearDent to introduce its software to a tech savvy generation of dental students, and one in which they could also make a difference in the oral health of those who need help most.
By gifting this software, which has been successfully in use in CCOH for three years, ClearDent is able to give dental students experience working in a paperless practice environment. It’s one that could reflect the digital world may work in directly after graduation and may also be something students might wish to emulate as their careers progress and they begin to operate their own practice.
At that time, those graduates will be able to draw upon their experience using ClearDent to make an educated decision about the practice management software they consider for their clinic. The University of Manitoba is proud to be able to teach them using one of the best systems available. For instance, Manitoba’s CCOH is the only one in Canada using ClearDent’s touch screen technology. This gives students a real advantage once they graduate. They will be on the cutting edge of dental practice, ensuring that the University of Manitoba maintains its reputation as a top destination for dental education in North America.
“We are very grateful for the gift in kind of ClearDent’s software for our programs at the Centre for Community Oral Health,” says Dr. Pamela Dahl, Director of CCOH. “As a not-for-profit organization, our programs treat populations who would normally have limited access to dental care, such as the elderly, people in remote areas, and families with limited financial means. The ClearDent software has been utilized in our clinics for three years and we have found that they have a terrific support team.”
See the article (page 21) in the Alumni Bulletin on University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry Website
See ClearDent featured in Gifts in Action Headlines
See ClearDent on the Donor Honour Roll