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Susan Schmitz

Dip DH, MEd, DHP (c)
DHDP Clinic Coordinator
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Rm: JBM 173
Tel: 604-827-1302

Research Areas:

Curriculum and Instruction to enhance learning in the clinic environment. Curriculum design and instruction for increased comprehension of Oral Radiology. Coordinate & support professional development for DHDP clinical instructors.

Teaching Areas:

DHDP Clinic Coordinator & Radiology for DHDP, DMD & Grad Specialty programs. Introduction to clinical abilities DHDP Year 2.

Susan Schmitz completed her Dental Hygiene Education at Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario and her Masters degree in Education at Simon Fraser University majoring in Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to her Dental Hygiene education she completed a certificate in Dental Assisting at George Brown College, Toronto, Ontario. Susan perviously taught in the dental hygiene diploma program and the certified dental assisting program at Vancouver Community College. She teaches in the local anesthesia for RDH through UBC Continuing Dental Education. Currently, Susan is the Clinical Coordinator/ Liaison for the dental hygiene degree program (DHDP) at UBC. As well, Susan teaches Radiology (didactic and clinical) with both dental hygiene, dental and grad students. Other courses include online Literature Review and Oral Health Care Trends.  
Over the past 15 years she has developed a strong interest in dental radiology. Susan has participated in the North Carolina Institute for Dental Radiology Educators, University North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2002 and in the San Antonio Radiology Institute, University Texas in 2009. Her interest is assisting students in deepening their understanding of dental radiology through effective instruction was the focus of her Masters Education. 
Study Club presentations throughout the lower mainland include topics such as Digital Radiology, Quality Assurance in Radiology and Infection Prevention and Control. Susan presented "Transitioning to Digital Imaging" at the 2010 CAO/CAOMS, Joint Scientific Session, held in Whistler BC, with colleague Ms. Neala Welburn. The presentation was repeated at the CDABC Annual General Meeting held in Richmond, November 2011. 
Professor Schmitz has been recognized with Faculty Teaching Awards From 2010 through 2021 for "recognition of excellence in teaching." Currently a member of the ADEA, CHES, CDHA, BCDHA and the CDHA Educator Community.