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More than merely making the grade

Dr. Leticia Ferreira
Dr. Leticia Ferreira, senior resident in oral and maxillofacial pathology, achieved the highest score out of all third-year residents throughout the country who took the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology exam.

Oral pathology resident wins Shafer Award

Dr. Leticia Ferreira, senior resident in oral and maxillofacial pathology, received the Shafer Award on May 2 at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

The Shafer Award, which commemorates one of the profession’s highest profile leaders, Dr. William G. Shafer, is given annually to the person scoring the highest grade on the academy’s fellowship examination. The exam is given every year to most of the country’s third-year residents in oral and maxillofacial pathology in order to gain academy fellowship status and voting privileges. It is a comprehensive and challenging exam and is considered a prelude to board certification.

Ferreira received her award at the President’s Reception & Dinner concluding the AAOMP annual meeting. Dr. Harvey Kessler, as president of the AAOMP, had the honor of presiding during the presentation of the award by Dr. Charles Tomich. Ferreira is Kessler’s resident, since he coincidentally is director of the college’s Advanced Education Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

Kessler notes that Ferreira has been an incredible resident throughout her entire graduate education.

“It is really no surprise to me that she won the Shafer Award,” Kessler says. “Her knowledge of oral pathology, her clinical diagnostic skills and her microscopic interpretation abilities are the best of any resident I’ve ever trained.”

Ferreira was born in Rio de Janeiro and raised in Salvador, Brazil. She graduated from the Universidade Federal da Bahia in 2006 and moved to Dallas in 2008 to begin her advanced education and training in oral and maxillofacial pathology. After graduation, she would like an academic appointment at a U.S. dental school.

“It was a very gratifying experience to receive the Shafer Award after three years studying and working far from home,” Ferreira says. “I would like to dedicate this award to BCD and to my mentors (Dr. John Wright, Regents Professor and chair of diagnostic sciences; Dr. Harvey Kessler; Dr. Lisa Cheng, associate professor in diagnostic sciences; and Dr. Aparna Naidu, assistant professor in diagnostic sciences) who believed in my potential and invested their time in my professional and academic development.”