Bulletin of Dental Education

Dr. Simmon's Elective Has Staying Power Within the Community

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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.

Meet ADEA in San Diego

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Planning for the 2011 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition program is well under way, and it promises to be exciting and informative for all. Meet up with ADEA March 12-16 in San Diego, California, to mark our 88th gathering of the dental education community.

Cultivating a Mindfulness Curriculum in Dental Hygiene

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Clinical dental hygiene is a profession that involves responsibly providing education and care to fellow human beings, assisting others in discovering what is best for them, and reaching out through acts of service to care for the needs of the underserved.

Do You Love to Learn?

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Access 10 great programs recorded during the 2010 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition by visiting www.softconference.com/adea. Click "ADEA Meetings" and "content from the meeting."

Professor Strives to Improve Jordanian Dental Hygiene on Fulbright Grant

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Prof. Michele L. Darby, Chair of the Gene W. Hirschfeld School of Dental Hygiene at Old Dominion University, is spending much of the first half of 2010 as a Fulbright Scholar in Irbid, Jordan. In collaboration with Jordan University of Science and Technology, Professor Darby is teaching students and assisting faculty and administrators in achieving education standards similar to those in the United States.

Teaching Dental Hygiene Students Effective Behavioral Changes Techniques

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In a fast-paced clinical atmosphere, dental hygienists only have a few minutes to counsel patients on good oral health behaviors. The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) has integrated a counseling technique into its dental hygiene curriculum that has evidence of positively effecting behavioral changes.

June 2010 Journal of Dental Education Previews

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Ethics, Empathy, and the Education of Dentists In this fascinating essay, Dr. Nash draws on the disciplines of philosophy, ethics, and evolutionary biology to argue for the importance of empathy in dentistry and to guide thinking about how to cultivate this essential quality in dental students. Increasing Access to Dental Care In a follow-on study to their evaluation of the Pipeline, Profession, and Practice: Community-Based Dental Education program, Dr. Andersen et al. examined correlations between students' underrepresented minority (URM) and income status and their intentions to serve underserved populations. Their results suggest that recruiting students from low-income groups (whether URM or not) may be helpful in producing graduates who choose public service. Publication Bias and Evidence-Based Dentistry Since dentistry increasingly relies on evidence-based decision making for treatment planning and therapy, the publication of scientific studies in the field has assumed more practical importance than ever. Dr. Crawford et al. discuss the problem of publication bias - the probability that studies reporting negative results are less likely to be published than those reporting positive results - why it occurs, why it is important for patient care, and how it can be reduced. Teaching Methods in North American Graduate Periodontics Programs Drs. Ghiabi and Taylor's survey-based project was designed to identify the most prevalent elements of the surgical training curricula in graduate periodontics programs in the United States and Canada. Their results document the number of procedures residents perform, structure of the programs, and teaching methods used. They conclude that there is significant room for the development of new and innovative teaching methods in these programs. E-Learning vs. Classroom Instruction in Dental Hygiene Education In this study, Prof. Garland compared the outcomes of multiple-choice examination scores with clinical competency-based examinations in a course in infection control for first-year dental hygiene students. Since her study revealed little difference in outcomes between the use of e-learning and classroom instruction, she concludes that either method may be chosen without detriment to learning. Also included in this issue are the following: "A Systematic Review of Computer-Assisted Learning in Endodontics Education" by Dr. Al-Jewair et al.; "Students' Reflective Learning Within a Community Service-Learning Dental Module" by Dr. Brondani; "A Review of Pediatric Dentistry Program Websites: What Are Applicants Learning About Our Programs?" by Dr. Lin et al.; "The Influence of Technology on Reflective Learning in Dental Hygiene Education" by Dr. Hanson and Prof. Alexander; "The Chamfer Finish Line: Preclinical Student Performance Using Different Bur Designs" by Dr. Mansueto et al.; and "Brazilian Dentists' Attitudes About Medical Emergencies During Dental Treatment" by Dr. Arsati et al.

Educational Sessions from the 2010 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition Now Live Online

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Some of the best sessions from the 2010 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition are now available online! All ADEA members can access and listen to 10 great programs recorded during this year's event. Simply go to the ADEA Live Learning Center.

Fourth ADEA International Women's Leadership Conference Works to Improve Oral Health Globally

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Join us for the Fourth ADEA International Women's Leadership Conference (Fourth ADEA IWLC) where we will work to deliver leadership strategies that women can use to improve oral health and overall health in communities globally.

Students Provide Spanish Basics for Dental Care Personnel

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After studying Spanish in college and living in Costa Rica, third-year dental student Will W. Leffler recognized the large number of Hispanic people in Central Ohio, many without any ability to speak English. He thought it would be a great idea to teach a course that caters to their needs in the dental setting.
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