Advanced education students in the Department of
Prosthodontics have recently instituted two new
projects, a study club and an alumni reunion.
Initiated by third-year residents Drs. Arnau
Aparicio, Todd Slogocki, and Cramin Wiltz, the
success of both projects was due to
participation by all of the residents in the
department and the encouragement of Dr. Arturo
Mendez, department chairman, and Dr. J
Hochstedler, program director.
Prosthodontics Study Club
During fall 2011, residents in the LSUSD
prosthodontics program organized Is Pendeo, a
study club for advanced prosthodontics. The
club, run solely by the residents, provides an
opportunity for dentists to meet in a casual and
friendly environment to learn about issues,
techniques, and trends in prosthetic dentistry. At each monthly meeting, one resident presents a
topic and leads discussion among the
participants. Invited attendees include general
dentists in the community, residents in other
programs, and fourth- year dental students. To
preserve the casual atmosphere and foster
participation by all present, the residents
limit the number of attendees at each meeting to
no more than twelve.
third-year residents deserve kudos for creating
Is Pendeo, first- and second-year residents,
Andrés Pappa, Jonathan Esquivel, Burke Jardine,
Adriana Cordero, Luisana Echandi, and Jose
Viquez, and implant fellow Elias Rivera, also
lecture, coordinate the meetings, and contact
sponsors. At each
meeting, sponsors have the opportunity to
discuss their services and products.
Prosthodontics residents, from left:
(back row) Arnau Aparicio, Burke Jardine,
Todd Slogocki, Jonathan Esquivel (front
row) Cramin Wiltz, Andrés
Pappa, Luisana Echandi, Adriana Cordero,
(not pictured, Jose Viquez)
Among the topics presented during the first year
of the advanced prosthodontics study club were
“Digital Dental Photography” (Dr. Jardine),
“Bleaching Systems: What Works” (Dr. Pappa),
“The Balance of Beauty: Esthetic Analysis” (Dr.
Esquivel), and “Immediate Hybrid Dentures” (Dr. Aparicio).
Is Pendeo is a Latin phrase meaning
“it depends,” commonly heard in discussion of
prosthetic dentistry cases. All meetings are
held at the dental school and begin at 6:00 pm.
For more information about Is Pendeo, contact
Adriana Cordero at
Annual Alumni Reunion
Dr. Mendez and the third-year prosthodontics
residents planned the first-ever alumni reunion
on April 13. Twenty-five alumni from as far away
as Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica joined current
residents and faculty members at the event.
Dr. Gerard Chiche, Prosth ‘79, and former
chairman of the department, was the keynote
speaker. The idea for the reunion began with Dr.
Mendez’s long-standing invitation to Dr. Chiche
to return to LSUSD to lecture. Also on the
program were lectures by Dr. Ron Shupe, Prosth
‘83, and Dr. Marco Brindis, Prosth ’07,
assistant professor at LSUSD.
Prosthodontics graduates and current
residents at the first
highlight of the day was the awarding of
professor emeritus status to Dr. Chiche and Dr.
Shawky Mohamed. Dr. Chiche, first graduate of
the program and an internationally known author
and lecturer on esthetics and dental ceramics,
retired from LSUSD in 2008 to direct the Medical
College of Georgia Center for Esthetic and
Implant Dentistry. Dr. Mohamed, instructor of
morphology and occlusion, director of the
temporomandibular disorders clinic, and
recipient of numerous Golden Apple teaching
awards, retired from the dental school in 2009.
establishment of the prosthodontics advanced
education program in 1977, a total of 65
residents will have received certificates