Bulletin of Dental Education

Meharry’s Dean Sees Quality, Technology, and Community as Keys to School’s Future

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In January 2011, Janet H. Southerland, D.D.S., M.P.H., Ph.D., was named Dean of Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. Meharry’s School of Dentistry is known for emphasizing comprehensive care that is not contingent on social or economic circumstances, geographical origin, or ethnicity. Graduates have moved on to noteworthy international acclaim, serving society with a special focus on providing care for the underserved. Recently, Meharry was awarded funding for one of four Regional Research Centers for Minority Oral Health in the United States. These research centers aim to improve the oral health of ethnic minorities by expanding research opportunities and strengthening relevant research capacity of minority dental schools.

Dugoni School Hosts Community Screenings, Wellness Activities to Celebrate National Women’s Health Week

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The University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry participated in the 2011 National Women's Health Week, which took place in early May. Women's Health Week activities included three lunchtime sessions focused on women's wellness, a day of free dental screenings for Bay Area women, and a handful of fitness activities for students and employees.

LECOM Breaks Ground for School of Dental Medicine

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The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) has broken ground on its new state-of-the-art School of Dental Medicine in Bradenton, Florida. With construction under way, the school is scheduled to open in July 2012.

Closing the Gaps in Women’s Oral Care Education and Research

Curriculum, Faculty, Learning, Oral Health, Research | Permanent link

Emerging data indicate the unique effects of oral cancer, periodontal disease, obesity, violence, and other factors on women’s health. The American Dental Education Association (ADEA), with National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women’s Health sponsorship, will identify current knowledge gaps to fill so that the next generation of North American oral care providers better meets the unique health needs of women. 

Interprofessional Education: The Benefit/Cost Equation

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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.

Introducing Interprofessional Education to Dentistry and Dentistry to Interprofessional Education: A Long and Winding Road, but Well Worth the Trip

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Can IPE include veterinary medicine? How about law? Is there room for community-based education and student initiatives? Judging from the four distinct campuses showcased at this session, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”

Defining Interprofessional Studies and Its Benefits for Academic Dentistry

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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.

Models of Interprofessional Curriculum in Dental Education

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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.

Point/Counterpoint: The Profession Should/Should Not Encourage the Establishment of New Dental Schools

Conferences and Meetings, Curriculum, Faculty, Involvement, Recruitment and Retention, Students | Permanent link

This highly charged session distinguished itself on two fronts. It marked the first use of this format in an ADEA Presidential Symposium, and although no one took a precise headcount, it appeared to draw a larger crowd than any other session—plenaries included—with in the neighborhood of 1,000 members in attendance.

ADEA Member Survey on Educational Preparation of Oral Health Professionals in Emerging Workforce Models

Curriculum, Faculty, General, Involvement, Licensure, Oral Health, Policy | Permanent link

ADEA members are encouraged to weigh in on a critically important issue for the dental education community, the educational preparation of oral health professionals in emerging workforce models. In September 2009, the Board of Directors of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) approved the creation of the ADEA Task Force on the Education of Oral Health Professionals in Emerging Workforce Models.

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