CDE: [The Dean's Speaker Series] Dentistry’s 21st Century Challenges: Will You Be Ready?

Nov, 2019
12:00 PM-01:00 PM

Penn Dental Medicine
William W.M. Cheung Auditorium

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm | Lunch provided
Registration Fee: Free; Registration is required for CE credit.
CE Credits: 1.0 lecture credits


An overview of the US health care system, and the challenges facing dentistry and young oral health professionals now and in the future, and the importance of prevention and workforce changes.

Educational Objectives

  • To sensitize dental students and young dental professionals to the social determinants of health, the challenges facing dentistry now and in the future, the importance of prevention and workforce changes and their role in making a difference


Myron Allukian Jr. DDS MPH (USA), Dr. Allukian is an internationally recognized public health expert and the former Dental Director for the City of Boston for 34 years. He served as Chairman of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Work Group on Fluoridation and Dental Health for the 1990 Prevention Objectives for the Nation, and the Dental Advisory Committees for Healthy People 2000, 2010, and 2020, the National Health Objectives. Dr. Allukian is a past president of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the second dentist in APHA’s then 118-year history and the first Vietnam Veteran to be President of APHA.

Dr. Allukian received his BS (Psychology) from Tufts University, his DDS from the University of Pennsylvania and his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. While with the 3rdMarine Division in Vietnam, he set up a “people to people” program in the orphanages, schools, refugee camp and villages in the Danang area. Board certified in dental public health, he is also a past president of the following: the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, American Board of Dental Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health Alumni Association, Massachusetts Health Council, Massachusetts Public Health Association, the Public Health Museum (of Massachusetts) and past chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry.

Dr. Allukian has over 150 publications and abstracts including 23 chapters in books. He has extensive experience in access, policy, vulnerable populations, prevention, education and delivery systems.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credits.