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Dr. Christine K. Beninger

Christine K. Beninger, D.D.S.

Associate Professor
Department of Restorative Sciences

3302 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75246
Phone: 214-828-8211
Email: cbeninger@bcd.tamhsc.edu

Education and Post-Graduate Training

  • University of Southern California School of Dentistry, D.D.S. – 1978
  • University of Southern California, B.S. Biology – 1976

Teaching Interests

  • Director of D3 Operative Dentistry Clinic
  • Director of Dental Auxiliary Utilization Clinic
  • Pre-clinical Operative Instructor

Director of D2 Introduction to Dental Auxiliary Utilization

  • Annual update of course syllabus and instructional materials with emphasis on ergonomics as it relates to the practice of dentistry

Director of D3 Dental Auxiliary Utilization Clinic

  • Conduct periodic meetings with DAU assistants to:
  • review and/or update staff members on clinical protocol
  • receive and review assistants’ update on the assessment of D3 students’ progress in completing essential experiences in dental auxiliary utilization
  • troubleshoot regarding problem areas observed by assistants or other restorative faculty
  • set goals for upcoming semester

Co-Director of Introduction to Clinical Practice II – 7084C

  • Co-ordinate efforts with co-director in order to schedule course rotations, and update curriculum and course syllabus
  • Co-produced video  “Preparation for A Clinical Appointment” (2004)
  • Collaborated with co-director to incorporate the use of QA form and use of EHR into this course

Curriculum and/or Course Development

Teaching Materials Developed

  • Implemented the PLEASE Cast Gold Award in an effort to further motivate D3 students to complete their cast gold essential experiences in Operative Dentistry.
  • Converted Operative Clinic Manual to electronic format.
  • Collaborated with Drs. Steve Griffin and Kim Perry in scheduling, compiling questions, administering, and summarizing results of a Restorative Sciences OSCE.
  • Worked with Dr. Steve Griffin and Regina Courtney to write a program within Axium to more closely track the progress of D3 students in Clinical Operative Dentistry.
  • Devised CAPE award in an effort to motivate students to complete their essential experiences in Operative Dentistry in a timely manner.
  • Converted DAU manual to electronic format.
  • Updated and converted lectures to powerpoint.
  • Compiled clinic procedure cards which are color coded and laminated for use in the D3 Operative Clinic for course 8224C (continue to update and use annually).
  • Assisted with implementation of QA (Quality Assurance) forms in Clinical Operative Dentistry.

Selected Publications

  •  2004 – “Learning in the First Year of a Simulation Laboratory”, M. Yanus, A. McCann, S. Griffin, C. Beninger, T. McKinney, S. McCarthy, A. Miller, K. Mash, abstract presented at ADEA meeting in Seattle, WA.

National Service/Recognition

Professional and Scholarly Societies

  • Member: American Dental Association
  • Member: Texas Dental Association
  • Member: Dallas County Dental Society
  • Member: American Dental Education Association
    • Secretary of Operative Section (2008-2009)
    • Chair Elect of Operative Section (2009-2010)  
  • Member: Consortium of Operative Dentistry Educators
    • Region III CODE Meeting Chairman (2003)
  • Member: Omicron Kappa Upsilon


Other Indices of Service

  • 2006 – Represented BCD at Region III CODE meeting
  • 2006 – BCD Faculty Calibration Workshop panel member
  • 2005 – Represented BCD at Region III CODE meeting
  • 2005 – Presentation on “Clinical Protocol for Caries Detection and Excavation” to BCD Faculty Calibration Workshop
  • 2004 – Represented BCD at Region III CODE meeting
  • 2003 – Region III CODE chairman