Dr. Hassan M.
Abdelwassie, Director and Chief Dental Officer of the Saudi Ministry
of Health, with Dr. Stuart Hirsch.
A. Al-Ruhaimi, Dean of the ollege of Dentistry, King Saud University,
receiving a gift from Dr. Hirsch.
Dr. Khaled Bin Saleh Al Sultan, Saudi Under Secretary of Educational
Affairs, with Dr. Nicolas Elian.
March 17, the Rosenthal Institute for Aesthetic Dentistry broadcast
its first, live, interactive dental videoconference—to Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia. Dr. Stuart M. Hirsch, Associate Dean for Development and International
Programs, and Dr. Nicholas Elian, Director of the Implant Dentistry
Program, traveled to Saudi Arabia to host the event, provide commentary,
and moderate a question-and-answer session among participants in New
York and Riyadh.
In New York, 52 NYUCD students and faculty filled the Rosenthal Institute
amphitheater to watch an implant procedure performed by four Saudi-born
students enrolled in NYUCD’s Advanced Study Program in Implant Dentistry
for International Dentists. All four are graduates of King Saud University
College of Dentistry in Riyadh. They are Drs. Mohammed Al-Garni, Abdullah
Alkeraidis, Khalil Al-Ali, and Mohammed Al-Harbi. Dr. Brian Ehrlich,
Clinical Assistant Professor of Implant Dentistry, oversaw the procedure.
At the same time, 65 people in Riyadh watched the same procedure being
performed via satellite. They included alumni of NYUCD’s postgraduate
specialty training programs and advanced study programs for international
dentists now practicing privately in Saudi Arabia; the entire dental
faculty of King Saud University; Dr. Hassan M. Abdelwassie, Director
and Chief Dental Officer of the Saudi Ministry of Health; Dr. Khalid
A. Al-Ruhaimi, Dean of King Saud University College of Dentistry;
Dr. Youssef Fouad Talec, Director of Postgraduate Dental Education
at King Saud University College of Dentistry; Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Dawood,
Chairman of the Department of Dentistry at King Faisal Specialist
Hospital; and Dr. Fawzi AlGhamdi, a 2001 graduate of the advanced
study programs in implant dentistry and prosthodontics, who was instrumental
in coordinating the event.
“Thanks to today’s extraordinary technology, it’s possible to share
resources instantly with people around the globe,” said Dr. Hirsch.
“The Riyadh event was a landmark advance in international continuing
dental education, and one that we look forward to replicating in many
other countries around the world.”