American Association of Endodontists Honors Dr. Frederic Barnett with Educator Award
Dr. Frederic Barnett has been “paying it forward” during his tenure as chair of the Maxwell S. Fogel Department of Dental Medicine and program director of the I.B. Bender Division of Endodontics at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia. His devotion to mentoring and teaching endodontic residents springs from the wonderful experience he had during his education and early career in an academic environment.
“I came to understand that my experience should be the experience of all residents,” he said. “They should look back at their residency experience with great fondness and wonderful memories. My goal has been to pay it forward the best that I could, every time that I could.”
Dr. Barnett gave those remarks while accepting the American Association of Endodontists 2017 Edward M. Osetek Educator Award, which recognizes educators “who have earned the respect and esteem of students and faculty associates.” The award was presented recently at the association’s annual meeting in New Orleans.
“Along with my dedicated faculty, we as a department try to create a culture of family, the Einstein Endo family.”
Dr. Barnett was nominated for the prestigious award by Dr. Louis E. Rossman, past president of the American Association of Endodontists. He noted that Dr. Barnett’s duties in supervising the education of residents in general practice, orthodontics and endodontics, plus working with hospital administration, budgets, support staff and faculty are tantamount to being a “dental school dean.” None of those administrative responsibilities, however, diminish “his passion and responsibility” to his students. “He has special skills to make the students feel good while motivating them to learn,” Dr. Rossman wrote in his nominating letter.
Dr. Barnett, a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, has spoken by invitation at more than 90 seminars, lectures and workshops around the world, and has published more than 40 articles and chapters in professional peer-reviewed publications about dental trauma, endodontic infections, contemporary root canal treatment and other endodontic issues.
“It has been an absolutely joy and honor to have had the opportunity to interact and mentor so many residents over the past 10 years,” he said.” However, to be clear, it’s not about me and my teaching. It’s about the residents and their learning. Along with my dedicated faculty, we as a department try to create a culture of family, the Einstein Endo family.”