DeCarolis is completing a Clinical Assistant Fellowship at NYUCD.
He completed the Advanced Study Programs for International Dentists
in Comprehensive Care General Dentistry (2000), and Implant Dentistry
When I graduated from La Sapienza University Faculty of Medicine and
Surgery in Rome in 1999, it seemed that there was little that my father,
who had practiced dentistry for 40 years, could learn from a young
dentist like me. But this summer, I am returning to take over my father’s
Rome practice as an implant specialist, with knowledge and experience
gained from completing NYUCD’s Advanced Study Program for International
Dentists in Implant Dentistry.
I performed some 80 operations during the two-year program, including
a dozen complex sinus lifts. I became confident enough in my knowledge
of implant technology to be able to present a literature review and
case study on short implants at Italy’s leading dental education congress,
the Tenth Annual Congresso Nacionale Del “Collegio Dei Docenti Di
Odontoiatria,” held at La Sapienza University in April 2003. My presentation
was part of NYUCD’s first-ever symposium at the Congress, which was
organized by Mr. John Nissen, the College’s recruiter in Italy, and
Ms. Dolores Spinelli, Director of International Programs, and which
featured presentations by Dr. Paul Rosenberg, Director of the Advanced
Education Program in Endodontics, Dr. Samuel Waknine, President of
DRM Laboratories in Connecticut and a graduate of NYUCD’s M.S. Program
in Biomaterials, and three Italian graduates of NYUCD’s Advanced Study
Program in Implant Dentistry: Dr. Emiliano Zanaboni, ’01; Dr. Roberto
Luongo,’02; and Dr. Sergio Buda, ’97.
During my time at NYUCD I also participated in relief efforts at Ground
Zero on September 11 and in the days following the terrorist attack.
We put drops in the eyes of rescue workers and helped them suture
wounds. But there were very few survivors to aid. That experience
taught me a lesson about the precariousness of life that has strengthened
my desire to put my stamp on the future of dentistry.
Once back in Italy, I expect to play an active role in future implant
research by forming a clinical research group with other NYUCD implant
program graduates who are moving back to Europe. I believe the bonds
we forged at NYUCD will help us to facilitate the development and
implementation of clinical research projects across borders, allowing
us to make the world a smaller, more cohesive, healthier place.
Meanwhile, my father has acknowledged the advances I made at NYUCD.
When I returned to Italy for a recent family visit, he asked me to
perform several implant procedures in his office. As a testament to
his faith in me, he offered to be my first patient.