Knowledge from gender-based research is rapidly changing fundamental biologic concepts that affect the health of both women and men while making clear that in many instances, sex differences matter. But health professionals—and those responsible for health professions curricula—have been slow to apply this knowledge and commit to its expansion.
I am a nurse, so why am I writing a commentary for the ADEA CCI Liaison Ledger? As a nurse, an IPE educator AND a consumer, I have come to understand some of the links between dental issues and general health, and the collaborative role dentistry can play in prevention and treatment.
lines from As You Like It
have resonated with me during my presidency of the ADEE. I have delivered
lectures to many meetings of the major national dental education societies
around the world. I have met and talked with the presidents of these societies,
and I have also had the privilege of meeting with younger faculty. They are
eager to share best practices and look at how the same subject can be delivered
in a different format whilst achieving the same learning outcomes.
importance of cultural competency in health care delivery and the rationale for
emphasizing cultural competency in educational programs for future oral health
professionals are well established. So are approaches for incorporating cultural
competency education in dental education curricula. But a related issue—developing
cultural competency among dental school faculty—has often been neglected.