Orthodontics, Research, Students

Graduating Orthodontic Resident Receives American Association of Orthodontists Table Clinic Award

Stephanie Golubic Rhoads, a recently-graduated orthodontic resident, was a second-place Joseph E. Johnson Table Clinic Award winner at the 2013 American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) Annual Session, held in Philadelphia May 3-7.

Rhoads’s table clinic presentation was based on her research thesis entitled “Accuracy and Confidence Level of Orthodontists and Pediatric Dentists in the Diagnosis of Dental Eruption Disorders.” Her research investigated a challenging orthodontic problem, Primary Failure of Eruption (PFE), first described by Dr. Bill Proffit, distinguished professor in the Department of Orthodontics. Her advisor and co-author, Dr. Sylvia Frazier-Bowers, associate professor in the Department of Orthodontics, has continued these studies over the past several years focusing on genetic etiology. Rhoads’ study looked at the ability of pediatric dental and orthodontic specialists to diagnose eruptions disorders properly and then created a rubric to help clinicians differentiate and diagnose eruption disorders, specifically PFE and ankylosis.

“Dr. Rhoads was a tremendous asset to these studies,” said Frazier-Bowers. “I am excited that this also resulted in a publication that will be the featured paper of the month in a video on the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics website. Our hope is that orthodontic and pediatric dental clinicians will now be better able to diagnose and mange these cases properly.” The Joseph E. Johnson Table Clinic Awards are given annually at the AAO Annual Session and participants in the competition are from multiple graduate orthodontic programs from across the country. The awards recognize clinical excellence in orthodontics and are awarded to a first-, second- and third-place recipient each year. As the second-place winner, Rhoads received a plaque and a $500 cash prize.