The Konikoff Education Center: Revolutionizing Learning Environments

New State-of-the-Art Center will Become Hub for Comprehensive Learning, Treatment Planning, and Practice Management

June 23, 2023
Vice Dean Edward Farkas and Dean Ronnie Myers in Konikoff Education Center in TCDM
Touro College of Dental Medicine deans, Dr. Edward Farkas and Dr. Ronnie Myers, tour the new Konikoff Education Center.

The Konikoff Education Center is a state-of-the-art venue for academic learning with a unique design that combines small-group and large-group learning spaces. The Center features three independent glass-enclosed seminar rooms that are technologically interconnected, allowing for simultaneous presentations or individual sessions. With interactive seating along the perimeter, students have a conducive environment for socializing, studying or relaxation. As small group learning through case discussions and presentations becomes the norm and large lecture halls become obsolete, the design of the Konikoff Center represents the future of learning environments. The Konikoff Education Center is made possible by the generous donation of Dr. David Konikoff in memory of his wife, Sophie.

What sets the Konikoff Education Center apart is its versatility. It seamlessly accommodates both small and large group learning. Each of the three glass rooms can hold up to 30 people and is soundproof, ensuring a focused learning experience. With the flick of a switch, the AV system allows for one person to deliver a lecture to the entire space, including the additional seating for 30 to 40 people outside the rooms.

Changing How Students Learn

The concept of the Konikoff Education Center is unique not only among dental schools, but across all educational institutions. Most schools offer either small-group or large-group learning spaces, but the Konikoff Center provides the flexibility to cater to both simultaneously. This flexibility has numerous benefits for education and training.

For instance, in dental schools, where students are organized into general practice clinics, the Konikoff Center facilitates group practice leaders to conduct lectures and case discussions with their respective clinic groups. The space can accommodate multiple clinic groups at different times, ensuring that all students receive the necessary guidance and information. Additionally, the Center allows guest lecturers to deliver talks that can be heard by all students in the space through the AV system.

The Konikoff Education Center is not only a physical space but a hub for comprehensive learning. “Students will learn treatment planning, practice management and how to read X-rays and case studies. There will be orientations on patient interactions in clinical settings, providing students with practical skills essential for their future practice,” says Dr. Edward Farkas, Vice Dean and Professor of Dental Medicine.

“The interactive environment, equipped with ceiling microphones to capture questions from the back of the room, fosters engagement and critical thinking among students. They will be prepared to apply their knowledge in real-time situations when treating patients.”

Preparing Students for Professional Success

Dr. David Konikoff, the benefactor behind the Center, built 18 dental practices from scratch and attributes his success to his ability to truly listen to patients and make them feel heard and cared for. Dr. Konikoff's expertise in patient management and his compassionate approach to dentistry serves as inspiration for students. He is a visionary who conveys what is possible and encourage students to strive for excellence in their future careers.

The Center not only imparts dental knowledge and skills, but also shapes students' mindset and perspective. It offers them tangible examples of success and demonstrates the potential for growth and achievement in dentistry. By showcasing Dr. Konikoff's achievements and sharing his experiences, the Center instills in students the belief that they too can accomplish great things and make a positive impact on their patients' lives.