A unique collaborative program between Eastern Washington University and the University of Washington’s School of Dentistry has won the most prestigious award that can be presented to a U.S. or Canadian dental school.
The Regional Initiatives in Dental Education, or RIDE program, has won the 2017 American Dental Education Association (ADEA) GIES Award for vision, innovation and achievement. This is the dental education equivalent of winning the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture. All U.S. and Canadian dental schools are members of ADEA.
RIDE was created in 2008 to address critical oral health needs in rural Washington. The goal of the program is to help graduate more dentists to serve in these smaller communities. The program director in Spokane is Art DiMarco, DMD, who is also an associate professor in Eastern’s Dental Hygiene department.
The RIDE program’s honor will be recognized at the 10th anniversary GIES Awards in March, 2017, in Long Beach, California.