Though signs of economic recovery are slowing emerging in some sectors, academic dental institutions across the United States and Canada are still dealing with the repercussions of the financial meltdown. Some institutions have seen slight improvements in endowments and investments, but this number is dwarfed by the institutions affected by cuts to funding.
Over 200 allied dental program directors, guests, and corporate sponsors met for the 43rd Annual National ADEA Allied Dental Program Directors' Conference from June 12 to 15, 2010, at the Omni Interlocken in Broomfield, Colorado.
The two-day 2010 ADEA Invitational Allied Dental Education Summit was held Colorado. The summit goals were twofold: to identify competencies related to addressing the oral health care needs of underserved populations and to make recommendations to refine and strengthen the draft document "ADEA Guiding Principles on the Education of New Oral Health Professionals."
The American Dental Education Association/Academy for Academic Leadership Institute for Teaching and Learning (ADEA/AAL ITL) will extend the deadline for applications to July 31.
All ADEA members are invited to nominate candidates for the Association's 2011-12 President-elect. The ADEA Nominating Committee consists of the ADEA Immediate Past President, Dr. Ronald J. Hunt, and the seven ADEA Vice Presidents.
While schools across the country face tough economic times, the situation has been particularly challenging at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Dentistry. The state of California is facing unprecedented funding shortages, and s a state school, UCSF feels the impact through reduced direct support and the elimination of state programs.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSCH) Dental Branch offers a one-semester elective officially named "Safety Net Dental Clinic." Students work one Saturday morning a month at the San Jose Clinic, where the patients are usually children and always have one thing in common: no health insurance, not even Medicaid.
ADEA is pleased to announce the sixth annual open call for nominations for ADEA appointments. Each year ADEA has the opportunity to make appointments to a number of committees, commissions, and task forces within the organization, as well as similar appointments to external groups and organizations.
No one can say that dental schools have a proprietary lock on dealing with financial challenges. What can be said is that the breadth and magnitude of the current economic downturn is different from any we've seen before.