CODA honors dentistry prof; Pediatrician receives faculty scholarshipPublished on Thursday, September 10, 2015 Published on September 10, 2015 The Commission on Dental Accreditation taps UMMC dentistry professor for its vice chair post, while a UMMC pediatric rheumatologist is selected to attend an Association of American Medical Colleges seminar later this month. CODA names dentistry prof to accreditation commission post LivingstonDr. Mark Livingston, professor and program director of advanced general dentistry in the School of Dentistry, has been named vice chair of the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).Established in 1975, CODA is the nationally recognized accrediting body for dental and dental-related professions and receives its authority through recognition by the U.S. Department of Education. The commission serves the oral health-care needs of the public through the development and administration of standards that foster continuous quality improvements of dental and dental-related educational programs.As vice chair, Livingston will chair CODA's Standing Committee on Quality Assurance and Strategic Planning, chair the Review Committee on Postdoctoral General Dentistry, serve on the Documentation and Policy Committee and act as an ex officio on several other committees. Pediatric rheumatologist selected for minority faculty scholarship WashingtonDr. Nina Washington, assistant professor of pediatric rheumatology, will receive a faculty affairs scholarship to attend the Minority Faculty Professional Development Seminar offered by the Association of American Medical Colleges in late September.Washington was selected by a multidisciplinary panel to attend the annual conference, designed for junior faculty and post docs who aspire to leadership positions in academic medicine. The seminar provides real-world guidance and tools for pursuing career advancement in academic medicine, developing key professional competencies, building skills in grant writing and communications, and expanding a network of colleagues and role models.