Dr. Julia Cohen-Lévy Receives the 2023 Howard S. Katz Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences is delighted to announce that Dr. Julia Cohen-Lévy, Assistant Professor of Orthodontics, has been honored with the prestigious 2023 Howard S. Katz Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Cohen-Lévy's dedication to her students and her significant contributions to the field of orthodontics have set her apart as an exceptional educator.

"The Howard S. Katz Award is a very important recognition in teaching, highlighting pedagogical innovations and testifying to students' appreciation. It's an award that goes straight to the heart, presented in a grandiose and solemn setting during convocation. It's an unforgettable moment and means a lot" says Dr. Cohen-Lévy

"Le prix Howard Katz est une très importante reconnaissance dans l'enseignement, soulignant les innovations pédagogiques et témoignant de l'appréciation des étudiants. C'est un prix qui va droit au cœur, remis dans un cadre grandiose et solennel, lors de la collation des grades. Un moment inoubliable. Il signifie beaucoup."

As an orthodontist, Dr. Cohen-Lévy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role at McGill. She earned degrees from the Université de Paris 7 in France and Université de Montréal. Additionally, she holds a PhD and post-doctoral fellowship in Obstructive Sleep Apnea, as well as a MSc in Medical Law.

In addition to her clinical work with patients, Dr. Cohen-Lévy is deeply committed to research endeavors, particularly in the areas of dental sleep medicine, clinical orthodontics, and imaging. Her passion for advancing knowledge in her field enhances her teaching and benefits her students.

As the Orthodontics course director for undergraduate dental studies, Dr. Julia Cohen-Lévy has demonstrated exceptional leadership and pedagogical skills. She has been instrumental in shaping the Orthodontics curriculum for third and fourth-year students. Her dedication to their academic training and clinical supervision earned her the W.W. Wood Award for Excellence in Dental Education in 2022.

"Le défi de l'enseignement en orthodontie est de créer une approche diagnostique systématique, en 4 dimensions. Il s'agit d'entraîner l'œil des étudiants à distinguer le normal du pathologique, les faire se questionner : je présente souvent les cas cliniques comme des énigmes. Il faut marquer les esprits, avec de l'humour, des pièges, des vidéos ou de la pâte à modeler. Tous les moyens sont bons."

Dr. Cohen-Lévy explains that "the challenge of teaching Orthodontics is to create a systematic, 4-dimensional diagnostic approach. It's all about training the students' eyes to distinguish the normal from the pathological, making them question themselves - I often present clinical cases as enigmas. You have to get them thinking by any means necessary which can include humor, traps, videos, or modeling clay. " 

Through her mentorship and guidance, she instills a deep understanding of patient care and fosters a commitment to excellence in her students.

The Howard S. Katz Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes Dr. Julia Cohen-Lévy's outstanding contributions to dental education, her innovative approach to teaching, and her commitment to the success of her students. Her dedication and expertise inspire and empower the next generation of dental professionals.

The Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences congratulates Dr. Julia Cohen-Lévy on this well-deserved honor!

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