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Bennett Writes, Edits Dental Hygiene Book

Saturday, February 1, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

BarbIt was a long and arduous task but when she holds the end product in her hands, Texas State Technical College’s Associate Vice President for Student Learning Barb Bennett feels more than accomplished.

On December 15, Elsevier, a leading provider of health and science information, published Mosby’s Review Questions for the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination which Bennett edited.

Bennett said 27 health professionals contributed to the book including Director of Distance Education Gina Cano-Monreal, whose background is in science. Cano-Monreal wrote chapters on physiology, microbiology and immunology.

The book is accompanied by 15 online cases for students to review.

Bennett, whose job was to edit, research and sometimes rewrite, said she it was a pleasure to work with some of the nation’s leading professionals in the medical field.

“It was very exciting for me,” said Bennett, who worked on the book for nearly a year and a half. “Being able to work with some of the top experts in dental hygiene and other fields was something special for me. It was a lot of work but definitely worth it.”

Until the past couple of years, Bennett spent most of her time in the classroom. She started as an instructor in the Dental Hygiene Program at Parkland College in Illinois in the late 1980s.

She came to TSTC in 1998 when she took over as Dental Hygiene Program Chair and served in that role until she took over as Associate Vice President in 2012.

Bennett has written chapters for five different books in the past but this was the first time she was given the green light to take the lead on entire publication.

“I’ve been very active with the National Dental Hygiene Board Review for the past 20 years,” Bennett said. “I’ve also contributed to several textbooks so when they asked me to do this, I knew it was going to be a lot of work but it would be worth it. The cool part is when you open the book; it says TSTC right there in the front.”

The book is available to students at the TSTC Bookstore or on several online shopping websites including Amazon.com.


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