Bulletin of Dental Education

Allied Dental Education Leaders Discuss Guiding Principles

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The two-day 2010 ADEA Invitational Allied Dental Education Summit was held June 10-11 in Broomfield, Colorado. Summit invitees included 17 allied dental educators, 10 representatives from dental and allied dental associations and organizations, five corporate partners, and 10 members of the ADEA Board of Directors and ADEA staff. 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," crafted by the ADEA Task Force on the Education of New Oral Health Professionals.

As a foundation for the discussions, summit presenters reviewed new oral health care workforce models; the demographics and differing oral health needs of economically, geographically, and culturally isolated or underserved groups; and the ways in which the various new oral health care workforce models are educating students to provide care to underserved populations.

Building upon these presentations and their own professional experiences, summit participants identified key "educational domains" to guide the education of allied dental health professionals in providing care to underserved populations. There was agreement among participants that these domains were applicable across all allied dental professional positions, though the specific competencies within each domain would vary based on the position.

Additional presentations and discussions focused on the proposed ADEA Guiding Principles on the Education of New Oral Health Professionals. Working in small and large groups, summit participants had the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft document. The draft document will continue to be vetted with various groups throughout the fall, with feedback going to the task force for further review and revision. The document is slated to be presented to the ADEA Board of Directors for consideration at its January 2011 meeting.

Participants expressed their excitement about the positive outcomes of the meeting and the unique role ADEA plays in convening stakeholders with diverse points of view on critical issues facing dental education.

The summit was generously sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive Co.; GlaxoSmithKline; Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc.; The Procter & Gamble Company; and Sunstar Americas, Inc.

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