Dental Health Programs
Professor Pam Wood graduated from the University of Vermont in 1976 with an Associates
Degree in Dental Hygiene. She then continued at the University of Vermont and earned
her Baccalaureate degree in Dental Hygiene Education in 1978. Pam received her M.Ed.
from Rhode Island College in 1994 with a major in Health Education. She has earned
a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Online Teaching and Learning from California
State in 1999.
Pam has worked in a variety of clinical settings with a focus on periodontics. She started her teaching career at the Community College of Rhode Island in 1990 and has taught in both the dental assisting and dental hygiene programs. Her main teaching responsibilities are oral radiography and clinical dental hygiene. Pam is a certified American Heart Association CPR instructor and has been teaching CPR since 1987.
Pam has served as an item writer for the Dental Assisting National Board, and a curriculum consultant for the ADA’s Council of Dental Education and Commission on Dental Education. She was the co-founder of the RDH Study Group and served as the speaker chair for over 25 years. Pam is on the college Technology Advisory Committee and is the Dental Health Department Technology Liaison. She is also the Radiation Safety Officer for the department.
Pam received the CCRI Dental Health Department Technology Award in 2010 and the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award in 2011. She is a national dental speaker and has spoken at many state and national dental conferences.
Pam is a member of Sigma Phi Alpha, the dental hygiene honor society, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the Rhode Island Dental Hygienists Association, the American Dental Assistants Association and the Rhode Island Dental Assistants Association.
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