WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) have appointed Janet Guthmiller, D.D.S., Ph.D., as the new Associate Editor of MedEdPORTAL Publications—a free online international publication venue from AAMC that allows educators in the health professions to publish and share educational resources.

In 2008, ADEA and AAMC formed a partnership to expand MedEdPORTAL's medical education collection to include dental education resources. As an Associate Editor, Dr. Guthmiller will apply her extensive experience in dental education, research, service, and administration to encourage submissions, secure reviewers, and promote MedEdPORTAL Publications to the dental education community.

"Dr. Guthmiller's leadership and innovation in dental education and scholarship will go a long way toward the continued growth of MedEdPORTAL, which has become an invaluable resource in the dental education community," says ADEA Executive Director Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H.  

Dr. Guthmiller is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. She previously served as the Director of the Dental Student Research Group at the University of Iowa, and as a faculty advisor for the National Student Research Group of the American Association for Dental Research. Over the past 19 years, Dr. Guthmiller has served as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Maryland, the University of Iowa, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She has taught at the predoctoral, graduate, and advanced dental education levels, including teaching experiences in didactic, preclinical, clinical, and research mentorship.  

Beyond the university, Dr. Guthmiller is a board certified periodontist and practiced for 14 years. She has served on a number of national and regional committees. Last year, she represented academic deans for U.S. dental schools at an ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education (ADEA CCI) meeting at the ADEA Fall 2011 Meetings.

"Dr. Guthmiller values ambition, critical thinking, high-quality research, and collaboration in the dental education community, all of which are essential to the work of AAMC and MedEdPORTAL," says Chris Candler, M.D., Ed.D., MedEdPORTAL Editor-in-Chief. "We are thrilled to appoint such an accomplished voice in the field."

"I'm excited about this opportunity within MedEdPORTAL," says Dr. Guthmiller. "It will be invigorating to promote MedEdPORTAL and encourage submissions by dental faculty as well as collaborative efforts of health affairs faculty regarding interprofessional educational models and assessments."

Dr. Guthmiller holds a Ph.D. in Cellular and Structural Biology and a Certificate in Periodontology from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and a D.D.S. from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

About the American Dental Education Association

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is the voice of dental education. Its members include all U.S. and Canadian dental schools and many allied and advanced dental education programs, corporations, faculty, and students. The mission of ADEA is to lead individuals and institutions of the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research, and the delivery of oral health care for the health of the public. ADEA's activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings, and communications like the esteemed Journal of Dental Education, as well as the dental school admissions services AADSAS, PASS, and CAAPID.

The American Dental Education Association logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=12061

About the Association of American Medical Colleges

The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association representing all 138 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 47 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 128,000 faculty members, 75,000 medical students, and 110,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at www.aamc.org/newsroom.

Kellie Bove

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