ADEA CCI Liaison Ledger

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.

Educator Spotlight: Dr. John D. Rugh, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School

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Bring up the topic of teaching evidence-based dentistry (EBD), and it won’t be long before someone mentions CATs, and once the conversation turns to CATs, the name Dr. Rugh is almost sure to follow.