The Foundation for Endodontics firmly believes the strength of the specialty starts from strong educational opportunities. One way the Foundation works hard to keep the specialty relevant and on the cutting edge is by its commitment to ensuring specialists teach endodontics at dental institutions across the United States and Canada. The Endodontic Educator Fellowship Award is one of the Foundation’s flagship funding opportunities and directly addresses this issue.
The award provides funding to individuals who commit a minimum of five years to a full-time* academic career in endodontics at a dental school that is accredited by or has a reciprocal agreement with the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Recipients receive $50,000 a year, for five years; up to $250,000 is available per recipient.
Annie Shrestha, B.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., FRCD(C), assistant professor at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto impressed the committee with her poise and distinguished approach to education. Dr. Shrestha feels strongly that her tenure track appointment at Toronto has given her the kick-start needed to develop an interlink between dental education and meaningful contributions to improving healthcare. During her time as a Ph.D. student and endodontic resident, Dr. Shrestha gave back to the endodontic community in the way of publications, presentations and AAE committee service.
“I derive enormous satisfaction from knowing that as an educator, I have an opportunity to play a significant role in training endodontists who will excel in and cherish their profession,” said Dr. Shrestha.
Dr. Shrestha brings forward a unique blend of talent, with a Ph.D. (nano-materials and translational research) and post-doctoral training and clinical training in endodontics. In the long run, Dr. Shrestha plans to develop her research niche towards unraveling the effect of metabolic diseases on immune responses of chronic infection, and how immune-modulation can be utilized to achieve better therapeutics.
The Foundation for Endodontics is proud to name Dr. Annie Shrestha the 2018 Endodontic Educator Fellow. The Special Committee and the Foundation’s Board of Trustees feels confident she will serve as a strong leader and bring remarkable things to her students and the specialty, for years to come.
*Full time as defined by the employer institution.