CHICAGO, USA – The American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) has installed Michelle Howard Rynn, DMD, FACP, as its Dental Educator representative on the ACP Council for the American Board of Prosthodontics (ABP). Dr. Howard was sworn in during the 45th Annual Session of the ACP held in Orlando from October 21 to 24, 2015.
Dr. Rynn has been a member of the ACP for almost five years. In 2014, a year after completing residency, she successfully challenged the American Board of Prosthodontics and became a fellow of the ACP. Dr. Rynn is a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry. She personally led a prosthodontic outreach programme to connect pre-doctoral students with the ageing dental population. Their purpose was to visit community centres to teach elderly patients at-home denture maintenance and the benefit of implant retained overdentures.
At UIC, Dr. Rynn teaches both dental students and prosthodontic residents. She is currently revising the pre-doctoral curriculum to include a total digital workflow. In addition, she is helping to implement a total digital workflow in the Implant and Innovations Centre. For the prosthodontic residents, Dr. Rynn established a Board Preparation Course and led a classical literature review.
“I am honoured and excited to represent the ABP. As I see the face of prosthodontics changing, I believe our leadership and the ABP must change it. When I completed my board certification, almost half of the new diplomates were female. As we grow as a specialty, our Board needs to reflect this diversity. The diversity of the ACP membership is a strength to our specialty and I hope it continues to grow,” said Dr. Rynn.