2011 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition Plenaries Inform Members, Generate New Thinking

The ADEA Opening Plenary featured Frans Johansson, M.B.A., author of The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts and Culture. A founder of both a medical device company and a software company, Mr. Johansson explores how innovation happens when people look beyond their expertise and put resources together in new combinations. Mr. Johansson began his plenary session by posing the following question and answer to an audience of over 1,000 people: “How do we create groundbreaking ideas? By combining widely different ideas.”

2011 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition Summary

Over 2,300 members attended the 2011 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in San Diego, California. With many sessions and programs revolving around this year's theme of Interprofessional Education: Teaching and Learning Together for Better Health, there was something for everyone in attendance.

ADEA CCI Special Open Session

What is visionary leadership? Dr. Mildred Garcia, President of California State University, Dominguez Hills, insisted that we all have the capacity to be visionary, but some just dream while others lead.

ADEA/FADEA: Working Together to Improve the Selection Process

The ADEA Future of Advanced Dental Education Admissions (ADEA/FADEA) Project focuses on offering guidance and tools to support program directors in the postdoctoral dental education admissions environment. An initial survey of 714 advanced education program directors gathered information on current admissions practices and perceptions of existing and possible new factors in the process.

International Service Learning: Building a Foundation for Interprofessional Education

Attendees of the “International Service Learning: Building a Foundation for Interprofessional Education” session had the opportunity to interact with dental students, dental school admissions administrators, a university vice president, and representatives of nationally recognized service learning program agencies, who gave their perspectives on how international service learning can be a model for collaboration across institutions and disciplines.

Interprofessional Education: The Benefit/Cost Equation

A team of presenters from the University of Minnesota described the robust IPE program that the school has put in place in the last few years, and Mr. Jeffrey S. Ogden, Chief Administrative Officer for University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, attempted to quantify its financial impact.

JDE Publishes Proceedings of the ADEA International Women’s Leadership Conference

Proceedings of the Fourth ADEA International Women’s Leadership Conference (IWLC): Global Health Through Women’s Leadership has been published as a supplement to the March 2011 Journal of Dental Education. This conference took place in Salvador, Brazil in September 2010 and was attended by women leaders from six continents.

California Dental Pipeline Program II Evaluation Symposium: Outcomes and Implications

Most rural areas in California have shortages of dentists, and the state has many low-income urban communities with concentrations of racial and ethnic minorities. In response, the California Pipeline Program Phase II was implemented to reduce the disparities in access to oral health care in California. ADEA was then charged in 2007 with leading a three-year evaluation of these efforts and “bridging the gap” between California and national policy issues.

Defining Interprofessional Studies and Its Benefits for Academic Dentistry

Presented by Dr. W. David Brunson, Associate Director of ADEA Center for Equity and Diversity (ADEA CED), “Defining Interprofessional Studies and Its Benefits for Academic Dentistry” addressed the call for development of a National Oral Health Plan in the 2000 Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General.

Lessons Learned: Dental Student Outreach Program and Explore Health Careers Mentoring and Social Networking Website

In this session representatives from the University of Michigan, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Howard University dental schools discussed their experience using ADEA’s ExploreHealthCareers.org as a tool for online mentoring. These three pilot projects from ADEA and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation shared the challenges and successes that accompany an online mentoring program. Marita R. Inglehart, Ph.D., from the University of Michigan, spoke about the successful collaboration of ExploreHealthCareers.org with a mentoring program for high school students in an area that lacks access to dental care.

Models of Interprofessional Curriculum in Dental Education

At this ADEA Presidential Symposium, Dr. Sandra C. Andrieu presented three models of interprofessional education (IPE) curricula currently under way at three different dental schools. Faculty from the University of Florida, University of Minnesota, and Western University of Health Services presented their curriculum models and discussed the challenges and successes of each program.

Prof. Pamela Zarkowski Receives ADEA Distinguished Service Award

Pamela Zarkowski, M.P.H., J.D., received the American Dental Education Association’s (ADEA) Distinguished Service Award during the 2011 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in San Diego, California. The award recognizes significant contributions to education, research, and ADEA.

The Road to Collaboration is Paved With Good Intentions: Challenges Developing an Interprofessional Education Framework at NYU College of Dentistry

The idea of bringing New York University’s (NYU) nursing program into the College of Dentistry initially met with skepticism on both sides. In addition to the usual barriers to interprofessional education, NYU would have to overcome the fact that the Colleges of Dentistry and Nursing are more than a mile and a half apart, a significant distance given Manhattan traffic.

Dentistry in the News - April 2011

Is love on the horizon for Ashley Hebert, a fourth-year dental student at the University of Pennsylvania? Ashley recently competed with 24 other contestants on The Bachelor and is now slated to be the star of the next installment of The Bachelorette, premiering May 23.

Around the Dental Education Community - April 2011

The International Dentist Program (IDP) at the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry (LLUSD) achieved its 25th anniversary this year—a milestone that was celebrated during the School of Dentistry’s 51st Alumni Student Convention.

April 2011 Kudos

Steven Blanchard, D.D.S., Associate Professor of Periodontics at Indiana University (IU) School of Dentistry, received the Indiana Dental Association’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in recognition of his accomplishments during the 2009-10 academic year. In 2009, he accepted a six-year term as one of the Directors of the American Board of Periodontology.

April 2011 Transitions

Creighton University has named Mark A. Latta, D.M.D., M.S., Associate Dean for Research and Professor of General Dentistry, as Dean of the School of Dentistry effective July 1, 2011. Dr. Latta, who has been on the Creighton faculty since 1995, becomes the 18th dean of the school since its founding in 1905. He succeeds Wayne W. Barkmeier, D.D.S., M.S., who will support the transition and continue as a Professor of General Dentistry.

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