May 1, 2013
by Gary Glassman, DDS, FRCD(C)
This past February, I returned to Jamaica to teach endodontics to the second-year class at UTech in Kingston. This will be the graduating class of 2016. It was great to temporarily escape this year’s harsh winter in Toronto and be back in Kingston, where I was greeted by both new and familiar faces.
Here is a photo of the class of 2016 and myself (Fig. 1). They are a warm, energetic and highly motivated group of students. Their eagerness and good nature justify why this is all worthwhile. Dr. Len Boksman returned to teach restorative dentistry to the third-year class, DMD 2015. His efforts, through the donation of his time, are exemplary and well-appreciated (Fig. 2).
On my last day in Kingston, I was fortunate enough to attend a conference for the launch of ‘Diabetes and Oral Health’. This was organized by the University Diabetes Outreach Programme (UDOP) in collaboration with The University of West Indies and University of Technology, Jamaica. I was also asked to speak at the conference and give my insights on this topic. During my talk, I spoke about the relationship between diabetes and oral care and vice versa. I discussed the incredible things Dr. McKenzie has done and how the UTech dental school has set its sights on adopting the best standards for dental education in the world. It is also my own personal goal to contribute to that same objective.
Here, you will see a photo of myself between the Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, and Dr. Irving MacKenzie, Dean of the UTech School of Dentistry and Jamaica’s Chief Dental Officer (Fig. 3). Figure 4 is a photo of myself with the President of The University of Technology, Jamaica, Professor the Honourable, Errol Morrison.