Bulletin of Dental Education

Report from the 2006 ADEA/AADR Joint Annual Session

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The information below includes daily updates from the 2006 ADEA Annual Session! A complete recap of the Annual Session will be included in the April 2006 BDE Online.

Day One

The sun is shining, the temperature is glorious, and dental education is in the air in Orlando, Florida. The first ever joint ADEA/AADR Annual Session commenced at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels on March 8, 2006. The hotel was abuzz with excitement as participants caught up with old friends, learned to navigate the hotels, and began attending the first of a meeting’s worth of outstanding programming.

The 2006 Annual Session officially kicked off with a joint opening plenary session featuring Distinguished Lecture Series speaker Dr. Tom Morris,  of the Morris Institute for Human Values, who enlightened a very receptive audience about how to achieve success in both business and in life, through the use of his “7 Cs of Success.”  Dr. Morris, a philosopher, offered a unique perspective on how to refocus attention and motivate oneself to try and reach new heights of achievement.

Leaving Dr. Morris’ presentation thoroughly inspired, the ADEA Councils got right down to work. This year both candidates for ADEA president-elect, Larry Goldblatt and Jim Swift, addressed each of the Councils with their visions for the Association.

The inaugural afternoon of the 2006 Annual Session was made official with the opening of the House of Delegates, which included inspiring remarks from ADEA president-elect Ken Kalkwarf, as well as heartfelt thanks from ADEA president Dr. Eric Hovland, dean of the LSU School of Dentistry, for the outpouring of support from the dental education community in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In addition, ADEA honored a number of dental educators, dental students, and members of the dental community at its awards program.

The day wrapped up with a joint welcome reception by the Grotto Pool at the Dolphin Hotel, where ADEA and AADR members mingled, made new friends, and celebrated the coming together of two a ssociations dedicated to promoting oral health care and education.

Day Two

Once again Annual Session attendees participated in a day filled with rich programming, including the popular Lunch & Learn series, Faculty Development Workshops, an interesting Distinguished Lecture by UCLA scientist educator David Wong on salivary diagnostics, and a packed Discourse & Dessert.

Day two of the 2006 ADEA/AADR Annual Session included the opening of the Exhibit Hall, with 143 exhibitors from corporations, dental and allied dental education institutions, federal programs, and associations. Dental students and dental educators were wowed by demonstrations of the latest in dental technology at various booths, while others discussed the newest over-the-counter whitening treatments and advances in electric toothbrushes.

Just next door to the exhibits, dental students, educators, and researchers began the first of three days of poster presentations. This year marks the largest number of poster presenters in the history of ADEA’s Annual Session.

The Lunch & Learn Series, a highly-liked event on topics ranging from prevention of dental caries to cultural competency education, was nearly sold out before the Annual Session began. The series offers participants the opportunity to hear presentations and participate in round table discussions limited to 10 participants each, making it both intimate and unique.

Another distinctive offering at the Annual Session are Faculty Development Workshops, which are designed to help members enhance their skills as faculty members at their home institutions. This year’s topics included creating effective tests, assessment of student competency, survival skills for new faculty members, and creation of successful online learning environments.

After a long day of workshops, a presentation by Dr. Joycelyn Elders, former U.S. Surgeon General, drew a large crowd back to the meeting rooms. The Evening Plenary on Gender Issues: Discourse & Dessert, featured Dr. Elders’ address to an eager crowd on her experiences and initiatives as Surgeon General, women’s role in the health care system, and career advice in a presentation titled “A Reflective View from the Top.” Satiated with scrumptious desserts and inspired by Dr. Elders’ talk, participants retreated to their rooms to recharge for another full day of dental education programs.

Day Three

The mood was festive on the third day of the 2006 ADEA/AADR Annual Session. ADEA Staff members donned Mardi Gras beads in anticipation of the President’s Reception held on Friday evening, and participants were in high spirits as the weekend approached.

The day kicked off with a Distinguished Lecture Series presentation by Dr. Roderic Pettigrew, Director of the NIH’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. This opening plenary was followed by section programs that included strategies for teaching dental hygiene to a new generation of students, the recruitment and retention of American Indian/Alaskan Native students to careers in dentistry, and opportunities and challenges facing hospital dentistry programs.

The Friday edition of the Lunch & Learn and Faculty Development Workshop series featured a diverse variety of topics and opportunities for faculty members and dental educators to learn more about others experiences in the field. Service learning, survey research, survival skills for new faculty, and online learning programs were among the topics for these popular programs.

When they weren’t attending Annual Session programs, some participants were lucky enough to catch a few rays while moving between the Swan and Dolphin hotels to check out the exhibits or view a poster session. Exhibitors were once again eager to meet and greet dental educators, researchers, and students; and exhibit hall visitors were just as eager to pick up a few samples of new dental products.

As the day drew to a close, preparations were underway for the annual President’s Reception. Hotel and ADEA staff alike worked tirelessly to prepare for the Mardi Gras themed party in honor of the presidency of Eric Hovland, dean of the LSU School of Dentistry. Guests arrived in both formal wear and Mardi Gras costumes, accented with masks, beads, and hats. A strolling band helped set the mood with lively music. As guests mingled, the guest of honor and his wife, Carol, made their grand entrance atop a Mardi Gras float adorned with toothbrushes! Dr. and Mrs. Hovland, the King and Queen of ADEA for the night, tossed beads to party goers and Dr. Hovland made his remarks and thanked everyone from atop his perch on the float. The party was a wild success and succeeded in honoring Dr. Hovland for his hard work during the year.

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