Members of the ADEA House of Delegates will vote for the Chair-elect of the ADEA Board of Directors at the 2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in San Antonio, TX. The ADEA Board of Directors has accepted the ADEA Nominating Committee’s recommendation of the following two candidates for the 2014-15 Chair-elect of the ADEA Board of Directors:
Michael A. Siegel, D.D.S., M.S., FDS RCSEd
It is my distinct honor to accept the nomination of the Administrative Board of the Council of Faculties to run in the 2014 election for the Chair-elect of the Board. I have been a member of ADEA since 1982 and have been extremely fortunate to have represented two institutions as a delegate to the Council of Faculties (University of Maryland School of Dentistry [1989–1995] and Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine [2004–2013]). I served on the ADEA Board of Directors as the Vice President for Faculties from 2010–2013.
My career in full-time dental education began in 1982 following three years in the U.S. Army Dental Corps. From 1982–2002, I became a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. I also served on the Medical and Graduate School faculties during this time frame. In 2003, I was offered my current position of Professor and Chair, Department of Diagnostic Sciences, Nova Southeastern University. I hold a dual appointment in the College of Osteopathic Medicine as a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine.
I would like to qualify my candidacy with the following parable. At the age of five years, I went with my father to work in his drugstore for the first time. Upon arriving, my father handed me a broom and told me to sweep the floor. Disappointed, I queried him because I thought this day would be one of fun and games. He told me that this was “his” drugstore, and he would never ask me to do anything he was unwilling or incapable of doing himself. I carry his words with me to this day and have patterned my entire professional education and academic career according to this tenet he taught me at such a tender age.
My approach to my career in dental education has been to work my way up the ladder, learn and assimilate information at each rung and be in a position to never have to ask a faculty member, staff member or student to perform a task that I was unwilling or incapable of myself. I have held multiple leadership positions in dentistry and have made contacts (and many friends) in dental education, organized dentistry, private practice, research and industry. Leadership is by example and this is what I hope to bring to ADEA as Chair of the Board.
Dental education faces significant challenges to include the impact of the Affordable Care Act, spear-heading the implementation of interprofessional education, utilization of the ADEA Academia-Industry guidelines, relieving student indebtedness and defining the transitioning roles of dental clinicians as primary care providers. My training and experiences in the medical and dental arenas will serve the Association well during this time of educational and healthcare reform. The membership of ADEA will shape the future of dental education. I hope to find myself in a position to facilitate the translation of our members’ visions into the reality of change and innovation for dental education. Ultimately, we are responsible to teach 21st century students to become state-of-the-art dental professionals. I want to ensure that our students are taught and assessed utilizing the most modern and effective curriculum and technologies available. I am applying for this position with a sincere desire to serve the Association and its members as we face contemporary issues affecting dental education.
Huw F. Thomas, B.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
We have a unique opportunity to help shape the future of our profession; we should be passionate and bold and embrace that opportunity. As such, I am deeply honored and most privileged to have been nominated for the position of Chair-elect of the Board.
I have been a member of AADS/ADEA throughout my academic career, beginning as a postgraduate student with membership in the Sections of Pediatric Dentistry and Oral Biology. Most recently I have served as a member of the Administrative Board of the Council of Deans and I currently serve as Board Director for Deans. Over the past 35 years I have had the opportunity to serve in several different capacities in many professional organizations, but without doubt it is my association with ADEA that has been the most rewarding; we are truly fortunate that we belong to such an outstanding organization that is dedicated to all that dental education encompasses.
That dedication is exemplified by the many initiatives that ADEA has supported over the past decades, most recently illustrated by the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education (ADEA CCI) and interprofessional education (IPE). ADEA CCI has provided us the tools and incentives to look at the way we train our future health professionals, while IPE has enabled us to imagine the environment in which we might deliver oral health care in the future. And, as oral health becomes increasingly more assimilated into general health, both from a scientific as well as a reimbursement perspective, there is no reason that we should not consider ourselves as the “gatekeepers” of total patient care. Both CCI and IPE are bold initiatives and underscore the role that ADEA can play in assisting the institutions that train our future workforce to best prepare our graduates to face the changes that inevitably will challenge us all in the years ahead.
Those challenges are many and varied. They include advances in science and technology that will undoubtedly impact the way we practice dentistry, workforce issues that will determine the composition of the dental team and how we deliver that care and, notwithstanding the many advances in oral health care that have resulted in significant improvement in oral health for the majority of Americans, we must also address the profound disparities that exist in access and affordability and dedicate more efforts in the education of professionals that can address the needs of the poor, especially of children, the elderly and those with special needs.
Despite, but perhaps because of, the many challenges that face our profession and, by extension, our educational programs, I believe that there is no better time to be engaged in academic dental education. It is with that sentiment that I ask for your support of my nomination as Chair-elect. If elected I will devote myself to these causes and work with a sincere passion for the benefit of our Association. Thank you!