Women in Prosthodontics
Cortino Sukotjo and Others
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Women in Prosthodontics presents a history of women in the field of prosthodontics, the dental specialty that pertains to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation, and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance, and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues.
This history is told through the first-hand accounts of many of the pioneering women in the field, including the presidents of specialty organizations, deans and vice deans of dental schools, the editor-in-chief of a peer-reviewed publication, and department chairs. The women revisit the challenges of their early years, when they were often the only women in their residency or training program. They also reflect on their triumphs and share wisdom about the keys to their success.
The book also includes the stories of younger women – those who are currently traveling the path blazed by the women who preceded them. Through their reflections, we are able to see the ways in which the profession has and has not changed over the decades.
The book begins with a detailed history of women in the dental field, particularly in the field of prosthodontics. The introduction also includes a series of quotes and advice from female leaders. This advice is pertinent to men and women, in all fields of endeavor.
A colorful timeline displays women’s contributions to the field from the first woman to graduate from dental school in 1866 to women in leadership roles in 2016. Twenty-one women’s reflections are included, and the e-book is generously illustrated with photos provided by the contributors. These photos illustrate the joy and pride that their careers in prosthodontics have provided, while also showing the way the profession has changed.
As Dr. Susan E. Brackett, the 2016-2017 President of the American College of Prosthodontists, writes in the book’s preface, “Reading these women’s stories has been inspiring. . . It is clear to me that we have made great strides in accepting and encouraging women to become prosthodontists.”
Edited by Dr. Cortino Sukotjo, Dr. Judy Chia-Chun Yuan, and Dr. Fatemeh Afshari of the University of Illinois Chicago, Department of Restorative Dentistry, and published by the American College of Prosthodontists, this book was made possible through the generous support of Dentsply Sirona and Straumann.
1. Women in Prosthodontics: A Brief Look at Pioneers, Leaders, and Inspirers
2. A History of Leadership
3. Corporate Insights
4. Personal Reflections and Essays
5. Interviews and Conversations
6. Biographies and Resources