Philadelphia – The Penn Dental Medicine Executive Student Council presented its Award for Outstanding Service to Students as part of Making the Penn Dental Connection, an annual alumni and student networking event, held November 1 at the Union League of Philadelphia. The recipients included Dr. Elliot Hersh, Professor, Department of Oral Surgery/Pharmacology, and Dr. Prem Patel, a 2010 graduate of Penn Dental Medicine and current resident in the School’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery postdoctoral program.
The Penn Dental Medicine student body nominates and votes on two recipients of the Award once per term. The Award recognizes an individual or department that has gone above and beyond the expected standard of high performance to make noteworthy contributions to the development and education of students. Jeff Li (D’12), President of the Executive Student Council, reports that Dr. Hersh, who teaches Pharmacology, was noted for his caring attitude in his nomination. “He enjoys teaching and wants his students to do well.”
Dr. Patel, who was President of the Executive Student Council when he was a DMD student, has continued to support Penn Dental Medicine students as he began his Oral Surgery residency last year. “His hard work in coordinating the mock osteology for first-year students was invaluable; he wanted to see each and every one of us succeed and served as a great resource,” said his nomination. “He also took time out to be part of the first meeting of the Oral Surgery Society this year and answered many questions, which greatly benefited all of the students attending.”
The Making the Penn Dental Medicine Connection event drew nearly 150 attendees, including the School’s Board of Overseers, alumni, faculty, staff, and students for an evening of networking. In addition to the awards presentation by Jeff Li, the program included remarks by Dr. Denis Kinane, Morton Amsterdam Dean of Penn Dental Medicine.
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