ADEA CCI Liaison Ledger

Dr. Lillian M. Mitchell, University of Alabama at Birmingham

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“I have eight sophomore dental students and nowhere to put them on Fridays. Do you have any ideas?” That question, posed in 2009 by her academic dean, got Dr. Lillian M. Mitchell thinking. The former Director of Fixed Prosthodontics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry had just completed interdisciplinary training through the first Faculty Scholar’s Program offered by the university's Geriatric Education Center (GEC).

Educator Spotlight: Dr. Diane Hoelscher

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“Some people say students don’t take self-assessment seriously,” says Dr. Diane Hoelscher, Chairperson of the Department of Patient Management at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry (UDM), but she doesn't dwell on this or on the other concerns that skeptics voice about self-assessment. “I think the value is in the process,” she says with confidence. “We are engendering in our students the ability to look and see and think about their work.”

Educator Spotlight: Dr. Donald R. Nixdorf

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“I used to complain that the amount and quality of research on orofacial pain were low and poor. Then one day my division head said, ‘Why don't you do something about it?’” So began the journey of one academic dentist who started as a clinical educator, became a clinical researcher, and now works to facilitate the research of others on a national scale.

Educator Spotlight: Dr. Gary L. Stafford, Marquette University School of Dentistry

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Leave it to an ADEA CCI Liaison to find an ingenious way of engaging part-time faculty in evidence-based decision-making—a way so ingenious, in fact, that it also speeds curricular change, streamlines improvements in the clinic, and promotes a culture of trust.