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January 24, 2008

Mouradian named director of dental education program

Wendy Mouradian, clinical professor of medicine and dentistry, has been appointed director of the Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE). The Regional Initiatives in Dental Education program, or RIDE, is a strategic expansion of the University of Washington School of Dentistry in conjunction with Eastern Washington University, designed to help meet the oral health needs of rural and underserved communities in the Northwest. RIDE will create regional training sites in areas lacking dental schools by partnering with regional universities, dentists and dental associations, community health centers and others. To minimize costs and provide interdisciplinary training opportunities the RIDE program will be initiated in conjunction with Washington State University’s new “WWAMI” program in Spokane. The WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) program is the University of Washington School of Medicine’s program for regional medical education in the Northwest. RIDE will also work with other health professional “pipeline” programs to encourage the recruitment of dental students from rural and underserved areas. For more information, visit www.washington.edu/ride