Dean Receives Award for Excellence

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Sharon P. Turner

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Nominations for the SELAM Award for Excellence are solicited through a national process and the SELAM board selects the winner. The awards are presented at SELAM receptions at the American Association for Medical Colleges meeting for physician or medical school winners and the American Dental Education Association meeting for the dentist or dental school winner.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2004) -- Dr. Sharon P. Turner, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, has been awarded the Society for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (SELAM) Award for Excellence. The award is given to those who demonstrate excellence in commitment to the advancement and promotion of women in academic health professions. This award has gone to outstanding and prominent faculty in academic health professions. 

“I was surprised and incredibly honored to be recognized by SELAM in this manner because I have tremendous regard for the organization and the work that it is doing to enhance all of academic medicine and dentistry by enhancing leadership,” Turner said. “I believe that there are many deserving people working hard, often behind the scenes as ‘unsung heroes and heroines,’ who are deserving of recognition, and so I feel very thankful and proud to have been selected as the 2004 dental professional winner.”

Turner is a past president of SELAM and is the only dentist to hold that position. She also was the first dentist to graduate from the ELAM (Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine) fellowship.

SELAM was established in 1995 by the first graduates of ELAM Fellowship Class and encourages personal and professional development coupled with extensive networking and mentoring opportunities to women in leadership positions in academic medicine and dentistry. Today, many men and institutions also are members of SELAM. The ELAM Fellowship itself lasts a year and has three sessions of concentrated study with intersession assignments to build basic tools necessary for leaders in today’s complex academic health center environments. The fellowship application process is highly competitive.

Nominations for the SELAM Award for Excellence are solicited through a national process and the SELAM board selects the winner. The awards are presented at SELAM receptions at the American Association for Medical Colleges meeting for physician or medical school winners and the American Dental Education Association meeting for the dentist or dental school winner.

Founded in 1962, the UK College of Dentistry is recognized as one of the nation's outstanding dental institutions. In addition to the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, the college offers postdoctoral programs in six fields of study: General Practice Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orofacial Pain, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry and Periodontics. Graduate students in Orofacial Pain, Orthodontics and Periodontics receive a Master of Science degree from the UK Graduate School and a specialty certificate.


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