ADEA CCI Liaison Ledger

Guest Perspective: Preparing Future Dental Care Providers to Treat Patients from Low Socio-Economic Backgrounds: Six Suggestions

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When Dr. David Satcher the 16th Surgeon General of the United States, published the first ever U.S. Surgeon General’s report on oral health in 2000, the message was loud and clear: Certain segments of the U.S. population were more likely than the rest of the U.S. population to have poor oral health and to face challenges with access to oral health services. However, Dr. Satcher’s report was a wake-up call that made it clear that concerted efforts were needed.

Guest Perspective: Why Teaching Ethics and Professionalism Is Not Enough

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An environmental scan of dental education programs would identify a number of activities that emphasize integrity, professionalism and ethically based decision-making and patient care. As students graduate and join the ranks of their esteemed profession, they may again be reminded of their responsibility to continue to honor their obligations. 

Guest Perspective: eLearning In Dental Education

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How do we innovate for the education and practice of tomorrow? Employing digital technology has been and will continue to be a major answer to that question. The market for technological solutions to educational problems has exploded in recent years, and there is every reason to believe that educators will face even more choices about which technologies to employ in the coming decade.


Guest Perspective: Exploring the Cultural Evolution

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Before assuming my current responsibilities eight months ago, I served as the cultural competency instructor at a dental school. In that role, I found that helping students learn about culture is often fraught with resistance. Faculty members are often frustrated as well, and who can blame them. Not only is the term “culture” defined in various ways, but we have yet to develop an empirical way to assess whether or not a student is culturally competent.  

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