Class of 2015

Scott Peters

Scott Peters has made an indelible mark on CDM. Throughout his time here, he has served as a leader in peer education and mentoring through ASDA’s Mentorship Committee. His peer mentoring efforts have included holding review sessions before didactic exams, setting up mock practicals before practical exams, creating review materials, and holding weekly help hours in the pre-clinical lab. His dedication to helping underclassmen has served to foster even further the spirit of camaraderie and community that characterize our school.

Scott attended college at Columbia, and now in his fourth year, is gearing up to start a residency program in Oral Pathology right here at Columbia, making him a three-time Columbia member. His choice of specialty was inspired by his professors of Oral Pathology, he says, as well as the specialty’s integration of both clinical and microscopic diagnoses. Additionally, the field is unique in that it “offers the best of all worlds,” affording opportunities for patient care, laboratory work, education, and research. Thus, Scott’s passion for helping others and teaching that have been evident during his time at CDM further inspired his choice of specialty, enabling him to pursue primarily patient care and education, while always offering the opportunity for research.

Although Scott arrived at dentistry somewhat serendipitously — neither of his parents are dentists, and his undergraduate career was spent studying Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern History — he has embraced the profession, and distinguished himself through his academic excellence and good-natured, selfless disposition. Continuing on this trajectory, Scott hopes to see himself in ten years as a clinician and professor of Oral Pathology at a hospital- or university-based program; hopefully, he says, at Columbia for round four.

 

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Jason Lin

 

Under the supervision of Dr. Courtney Chinn, Jason Lin (CDM 2015) has investigated the potential for dental institutions and student-run programs to improve the oral health of vulnerable an underserved populations throughout New York City.  In support of this project, Jason was one of five recipients from medical, dental, and nursing students across the United States to receive the Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowship from the New York Academy of Medicine in the summer of 2013.

During this fellowship, his research team focused on health policy, with an emphasis on enrichment and leadership activities.  They met with several leaders in the healthcare field, including former Surgeon General David Satcher and the president of the Commonwealth Fund, David Blumenthal.  At the conclusion of the fellowship, Jason and the other four fellows presented to distinguished faculty, mentors, and healthcare leaders at both the Academy of Medicine and the Commonwealth Fund.

Additionally, Jason was awarded the Basic Science Award at the Birnberg Research Symposium at Columbia University for another project with Dr. David Figurski in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology. 

The project (“Does the Inverted Repeat Region Near the Promoter Affect Tight Adherence (tad) Locus Expression In Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans?”) utilizes a new genetic recombineering technique that uses shorter primers.  With this project, Jason will be representing CDM at the Hinman Research Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee, in the fall.  The CDM community congratulates Jason on these exciting accomplishments!