College of Dentistry Graduates Awarded Diplomate Status

By Malcolm Maurice, Health Sciences

WASHINGTON - Three graduates of the Howard University College of Dentistry have been named diplomates after being certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD).  Nidya De La Torre, a 1993 graduate, and 2009 graduates Claudia A. Connerly and April J. Johnson will be officially recognized at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry later this year.  

Meanwhile, Heidi O. Vatanka, a 2011 graduate, received the Richard C. Pugh Achievement Award for being in the top 3 percent of scores of the 2011 qualifying examination of the ABPD.

A diplomate of the ABPD is a pediatric dentist whose credentials have been verified, who has successfully completed voluntary examinations and who demonstrates specialized knowledge and skill and is dedicated to providing exceptional patient care through a voluntary commitment to lifelong learning.  The goal of the ABPD is to achieve excellence in pediatric dentistry through certification of all pediatric dentists.

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