This spring, the VCU School of Dentistry hosted four visiting dental faculty members from the Stomatological Hospital in Qingdao, China.
Drs. Berry Yang, Judy Zhu, Tom Tang and Ben Zen visited Richmond, Va., in April and May to observe in the clinic and attend lectures. Together, their specialties run the gamut: general dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics and pediatric dentistry, respectively. During their stay, they had the opportunity to practice their English language skills through interactions with students and faculty – and some of our students had the opportunity to practice their Mandarin!
This visit helped to lay the groundwork for a larger exchange program that will give for two dental students an opportunity to travel to China and perform dentistry at the Stomatological Hospital later this year.
Dr. Steven J. Lindauer, professor and chair, Department of Orthodontics, led the effort to develop this global initiative, building off of his department’s existing global exchange program that sends residents to Italy. Lindauer’s successful proposal for the VCU Quest Global Impact Awards, “School of Dentistry Study Abroad Program in Qingdao, China,” has provided critical funding to support the program.
The exchange program with China has been commended by the university for its “involvement of VCU students in high-impact international research and learning, strong partner institution support and close fit with academic unit priorities.”
We look forward to many more successful visits to and from Qingdao, China in the future.