Rana Darwish

Post:

Lecturer in Department of Periodontology and Preventive Dentistry

Location:

Department of Periodontology and Preventive Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Al-Quds University.

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About

  • Masters Degree in Community and Public Health (MPH), Birzeit University, 2002.
  • Bachelor Degree in Dentistry (DDS), Jordan University of Science and Technology, 1997.
  • A certificate of French language (CERTIFICAT DE LANGUE FRANCAISE) General Consulate of France at Jerusalem, 1988.
  • A certificate of French language (BREVET DE LANGUE FRANCAISE) General Consulate of France at Jerusalem, 1991.

Research & Publications

  • Prevalence of oral mucosal diseases among Palestinian patients. (In Progress)
  • Patients’ perceptions and knowledge of infection control procedures in the dental clinics of the faculty of dentistry at Al-Quds University (In Progress) 
  • Assessment of oral health and medical findings among thalassemic patients (In Progress)
  • Assessment of dental caries experience among third & seventh grade students in Ramallah district. Investigating and monitoring oral health status among students within school health program.
  • Assessment of amalgam waste management in dental clinics in Ramallah and Al-Bireh cities, published in the International Journal of Environmental Health Research 14(3), 179 – 183 (June 2004). Field study investigation about dental health professionals’ handling & proper disposal of the generated amalgam wastes in the dental office.
  • Evaluation of dental waste management in two cities in Palestine, published in the Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, Vol. 12 (Supplement2), 2006.
  • MCH Policy regarding Toxoplasmosis among Palestinian mothers and babies.. (Research assistant) Investigating the local Palestinian maternal & child health policy towards toxoplasmosis in different health sectors.
  • Oral School Health Guidelines Booklet (Co-author). Published in 2003 by the Palestinian Ministry of Health- Oral Health Administration Department.
  • Online lectures at http://www.imet2000-pal.org/etemplate.php?id=482   

 Research interests:

  • Community & Preventive dentistry
  • Occupational health (infection control, blood borne diseases)
  • Conservative dentistry & Endodontics
  • Environmental health
  • E-learning & dental education

Experience

  • Al-Quds University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Periodontology & Preventive Dentistry. February 2008 – present
    • Full time lecturer in the fields of community dentistry and preventive dentistry.
    • Supervisor in preventive dentistry & conservative dentistry clinical and preclinical    sessions.
    • Head of the scientific committee for the dental faculty for the academic year 2009/2010
    • Academic counselor for a group of dental students (2009 - present).
    • Community activities coordinator (2008-pesent).

Duties:

  • Courses at the preclinical level for third year dental students in conservative dentistry.
  • Teaching Preventive dentistry course for third year dental students (theoretical & clinical).
  • Teaching Community dentistry course for fifth year dental students.
  • Clinical supervisor in local anesthetic and conservative dentistry clinics.
  • Arrangement for health field visits to schools in remote areas since 2008.   
  • Supervising fifth year dental students in field visits to impoverished & neglected community groups as special needs patients, elderly people & thalassemic patients. (2008- present).
  • Supervising fifth year dental students who participated in medical days in various educational settings and universities (Hebron University – Al-Quds University – University College for Educational Sciences in Ramallah)      

Research work in the field of dental public health   2006-present

  • Ministry of health, Ramallah Health Directorate, Ramallah, West Bank: 1998- 2005
  • Lecturer within the Ministry’s of Health dental internship program for the freshly      graduated dentists for the years 2003- 2006 and 2009 till present (Topics include Endodontics, infection control, waste management, professional ethics, and medical problems related to dentistry)
  • Dental Clinic in Ramallah Health care center: 2002 -2005
  • Department of school health program: 1998 – 2002
  • Oral screening for students in different grades (mainly 3rd, 7th & 10th  grades)
  • Health education & promotion for students, teachers and parents to promote oral health status, using various health education materials as posters, pamphlets, flipcharts, dental models, lectures and educational video films.
  • Health care center, charitable organization, Ramallah, West Bank April 1998 – August 1998 Volunteer in dental clinic

Skills

  • Windows XP & Vista, SPSS, Internet.

Membership

  • Member in the Palestinian Dental Association (1997 - present)
  • Member in the Jordanian Dental Association (1997 - present)
  • Affiliated member in the American Dental Association (2007 - present)
  • Member in the National School Health Committee (1999-2000)
  • Member in the scientific committee at the faculty of dentistry/ Al-Quds University.
  • Member in the educational scientific research committee at the faculty of dentistry/ Al-Quds University (2011-2012).
  • Member in the disciplinary committee at the faculty of dentistry/ Al-Quds University (2011 - 2012).

Courses / Conferences

Computer courses:

  • Windows 3.11 Basics: Introduction to Windows 3.11, covering the new features of operating system Microsoft Word, Birzeit University, Center for Continuing Education, January 1996.
  • Introduction to Internet: Learn basic features of Internet, email and Java language, Birzeit University, Center for Continuing Education, October 1997.
  • Web Pages Design, Microsoft FrontPage 2000 &Macromedia Flash 5: Galaxy training  & services, Ramallah, West Bank, November 2001.
  • SPSS Basics: Learn to make statistical analyses by using version 11 of  SPSS, Birzeit University, West Bank, September 2001 – May 2002.
  • Internet Searching Strategies for dentists. Refreshment Course. IT Center at Birzeit University. 25 Jan 2011. 

Online Courses:

  • Fluoride Guide”. 3 CE. Self Instructional Visual course by Dr. Fiona Collins. Penwell Dental Vision/ ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program. 02 March 2012.
  • Sealants in Preventive Dentistry” by Linda Jorgensen. 1 CE. DenTrek Dental Education Network. 10 February 2012.
  • If Plaque Could Talk” by Dr. Brian Novy. 1 CE. DenTrek Dental Education Network. 05 February 2012.
  • A Guide to Sports Dentistry” by Dr. Stewart Balikov & Ray Padilla. 1 CE. American Dental Association Continuing Education Online. 31 January 2012.
  • Advances in Composite Restorative Dentistry: A Blend of Artistry, Materials & Technique” by Dr. Bob Lowe. 1 CE. DenTrek Dental Education Network. 01 February 2012.  
  • Infection Control Requirements” by Dr. Eve Cuny. 2 CE. Penwell Dental Vision/ ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program. 22 January 2012.
  • Preventing Disease Transmission from Operatory Surfaces”. 4 CE. Penwell Dental Vision/ ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program. 22 January 2012.
  • The Genesis and Advancement of Mouthguards and Mouthpieces (Webinar)” by Dr. William Balanoff. Penwell Dental Vision/ ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program. 26 January 2012.
  • Periodontal Disease and Smokers” by Dr. Richard Nejat. 1 CE. Penwell Dental Vision/ ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program. 23 January 2012.

Conferences:

  • Attended various national & international dental conferences Latest conferences attended:
    1. Arab Emirates Exhibition & Dental Conference, March 2006, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    2. FDI World Dental Congress, October 2007 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    3. Arab Emirates Exhibition & Dental Conference, March 2009, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    4. The 3rd National Palestinian Conference on Thalassemia & other Hemoglobinopathies, October 2009, Bethlehem, Palestine. (As a speaker with a lecture entitled "Dental    Management of Thalassemic Patients").

    5. “Updates in Dentistry” scientific day organized by the International Medical Education Trust. February 2010.

    6.  The 22nd Jordanian Dental Conference & the 39th Dental Arab Congress, October 2010,   Amman, Jordan.

    7. The Esthetic Dentistry Workshop (theoretical & practical) by Dr. Stace Lind (6 CH). 29 – 30 January 2011. Ramallah. Organized by the International Medical Education Trust.

  1.  The Palestinian Dental Association-Hebron district committee conference. January 2011 (As a speaker).
  1. The Palestinian Dental Association – Bethlehem district committee conference. May 2011.     
  1. The 7th Palestinian International Dental Conference, April 2012, Bethlehem.

  2. The 5th Annual Congress for the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Jordan. 31st May to 01st June.

  3. The Association for Medical Education in Europe AMEE 2012 Conference. 27 to 29 August 2012. Lyon/ France.

Other Courses:

  • First Aid refreshment course held at the Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees Center in Ramallah in coordination with PDA/Ramallah district committee (February to April 2007).
  • Time management workshop for health professionals. February 2012. Organized by the International Medical Education Trust in coordination with the faculty of dentistry at Al-Quds University.
  • Regenerative Endodontics full day course (6 CR) with Professor Torabenjad at the University of Jordan. 30 May 2012.
  • Essential Skills for Medical Education ESME course at AMEE 2012 Conference in Lyon/ France. 25 to 26 August 2012.

Lectuers

  • A lecture entitled “ Dental Waste Management in Dental Clinics” given at a scientific day organized by the Palestinian Dental Association/ Ramallah District Committee in 2003.
  • A chain of lectures on “ Dental Waste Management in Dental Clinics” within training workshops on environmental health for health care professionals held by the Institute of Community & Public Health in Birzeit University 2003.
  • A group of lectures given for the freshly graduated dentists within the MOH dental internship program. 2003-2006 and 2009- present. (Topics include Endodontics, infection control, waste management, professional ethics)
  • A lecture entitled “ Dental Management of Diabetic Patients: A Holistic Approach” given at Diabetes workshop for health professionals organized by the Ministry of Health. 2005.
  • A lecture entitled “ Dental Management of Thalassemic Patients” given at the 3rd National Palestinian Conference on Thalassemia & other Hemoglobinopathies, October 2009, Bethlehem, Palestine.
  • Public Health lecture for science teaching students at the University College for Educational Sciences in Ramallah. The lecture entitled” Oral School Health Programs in Palestine”. November 2010.
  • Public Health lecture for mothers of special needs children entitled “ Preventive & Curative Management of Oral Lesions in Special Needs Children” organized by the Swedish Society for Special Needs Children in Kufur Aqab. December 2010.
  • A lecture entitled “ Infection Control in Dental Health Care Settings” given at the Palestinian Dental Association-Hebron district committee conference. January 2011.      
  • Public Health lecture for diabetic patients entitled “ Oral Health care for Diabetic Patient” organized by the Palestinian Center for Diabetes. March 2012.

Activities

  • Training workshops on the proper disposal and management of dental wastes in coordination with the Institute of Community & Public Health in Birzeit University, 2003.
  • Testing Committee member for the Practical Dental Internship Exam September 2005.
  • Editing the Dental Public Health Newsletter for the Palestinian Dental Association_ Ramallah district (2004 - 2007).  
  • Head of the scientific committee of the Palestinian Dental Association _ Ramallah district (2004-2008).
  • Volunteer coordinator with the Palestinian Children Relief Fund (PCRF) for the volunteer attendance of professionals from abroad in the field of pediatric dentistry.
  • Community outreach activities at the Faculty of Dentistry - AlQuds University (2008 till present) including school oral health program, infant oral health program, oral health education.   

Hobbies & Intersts

  • Reading.
  • Working with computers especially Windows XP & Vista, and Internet.
  • Photography.