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ECU dental school named Apple Distinguished Program

Greenville, N.C.—Apple has named the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine an Apple Distinguished Program for the 2012-13 school year.

Innovation: ECU dental students Bridgette Jones and Mark Dombrasky access information on iPads and laptops. "Within the next two years, we'll be placing fourth-year students in underserved areas across the state to help improve oral health," said Dr. Greg Chadwick, dean and a past ADA president. "This entire concept rests upon connectivity through these technologies."

                                   —Photo by Cliff Hollis

The school garnered the award for its integration of technology to increase student learning. A key part of that is ECU's Outcomes Assessment Engine XComP, which enables dental schools to develop competency goals for students before exams and cases and given. ECU receives a plaque and publicity that has already led to a number of U.S. and international educational programs reaching out to the dental school for information-sharing and to arrange future tours.