Dr. Wendy Mouradian, Associate Dean for Regional Affairs and RIDE, has received a 2013 Shils Award from the Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Education Fund for her work with the UW Regional Initiatives in Dental Education program.
The award recognizes up to four recipients each year who have had significant positive impact on the dental community. Recipients are considered from a broad field that includes the dental industry, academic community, clinicians and organized dentistry, and community- based organizations. Factors considered in the award include originality and creativity, engagement of multiple constituencies in the dental community, demonstrated leadership, and synergistic effectiveness.
Dr. Mouradian has overseen the RIDE program, which produced its second cohort of graduates this month, since its inception. The program, which makes innovative use of new learning technologies, was designed to address oral health workforce needs in Washington’s rural and underserved communities. It is a partnership with Eastern Washington University, Washington State University and the UW School of Medicine’s WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) program.
Dr. Mouradian and the other Shils Award winners will be formally recognized at a dinner in Philadelphia in October.