In June, the Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) portfolio gathered in Portland, Oregon, for the 46th Annual National ADEA Allied Dental Program Directors’ Conference (ADPDC) meeting and the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education (ADEA CCI) Liaisons Meeting. ADPDC hosted more than 200 participants who had the opportunity to hear experts in the field, such as Professor Jackie Fried, University of Maryland School of Dentistry, and Dr. Jane Forrest, University of Southern California Ostrow School of Dentistry. In addition, participants presented posters and best practices in interprofessional education (IPE).
The ADEA CCI Liaisons program featured presentations on “Interprofessional Education: Aligning Forces, Advancing Healthcare” from a variety of dental schools across the United States and Canada, as well as numerous formal and informal networking opportunities. The meeting was well attended, with more than 100 gathered to learn more about the challenges and possibilities for IPE.
There was also a first-ever joint session of the Allied Program Directors and the ADEA CCI Liaisons. The featured speaker during the joint session was Dr. Judith A. Buchanan. Her presentation, “Interprofessional Education: Why Now?” focused on the importance of IPE as a critical part of the education of the next generation of dental professionals.
Another highlight was a conversation with ADEA Leadership in dental education, which included Dr. Stephen K. Young, ADEA Chair of the Board; Dr. Richard W. Valachovic, ADEA President and CEO; and Dr. Susan H. Kass, ADEA Board Director for Allied Dental Program Directors. They focused on the critical role of academic leaders in establishing IPE.
Dr. Anthony Palatta, Senior Director for Allied Dental Education at ADEA, presented on the provision of IPE during dental school training, which he said is critical in ensuring that graduating dental students possess the skills necessary to practice and compete in the current and rapidly changing health care delivery system.
In order to help educators, attendees learned about the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) and Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA ) frameworks around IPE in the form of competencies (IPEC) and accreditation standards (CODA) to assist dental school educators with the delivery of IPE to their students.
Moving forward, dental school educators can access numerous resources in order to familiarize themselves with IPE: read professional literature (Journal of Dental Education and MedEd Portal), attend IPEC training sessions, and finally, engage in dialogue with their parent institution and other health profession schools to ascertain where their universities stand on IPE.