M. Anjum Shah, B.S.D.H., R.D.H., M.S., is an assistant professor in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. She serves as chair for the Dental Hygiene Program admissions. Shah received a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Clayton State University in Morrow, Ga. and a Master of Science degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. Shah is a certified instructor in basic life support (CPR) through the American Heart Association and trains the School of Dentistry’s faculty and students throughout the year.
Shah’s didactic and clinical teaching began as a teaching assistant at Old Dominion University. Her teaching responsibilities include first year dental hygiene didactic, preclinical and second year clinical courses. She directs Dental Hygiene Theory I and II and Dental Materials. Shah serves as a co-faculty advisor for Student Chapter of the American Dental Hygienist Association.
Shah is a reviewer for the Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Journal and has authored several manuscripts including a chapter in Darby’s Comprehensive Review of Dental Hygiene 7th and 8th editions. Shah has presented continuing education courses at the local and national level.
Shah serves on the School of Dentistry’s Compliance Committee, axiUm Steering Committee, the School of Dentistry’s Grievance Board and the University Honor Council. Shah holds membership in professional organizations including the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, American Dental Education Association and is a Clinical Advisory Board Member for the Virginia Oral Health Coalition.
Shah was an independent reviewer for the Diploma of Dental Hygiene Program at Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan and subsequently assisted in the development of the dental hygiene program curriculum. The VCU Office of Global Education and the School of Dentistry funded her trip to teach in the first competency-based curriculum of dental hygiene at Aga Khan University.