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ADEA and AAMC Partner to Expand New Teaching Tool

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ADEA and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) have formed a partnership that will allow AAMC to expand its unique MedEdPORTAL teaching tools repository to include dental education resources. The collaboration represents the first time academic medicine and dentistry have come together to share teaching resources across universities and throughout the world. MedEdPORTAL, a collection of high-quality, peer-reviewed educational resources submitted by medical educators, began accepting submissions from dental professionals on April 15, 2008.

Since its launch in 2006, MedEdPORTAL has attracted both national and international recognition as a source of free, high-quality educational resources and a place for educators to receive recognition for their scholarly work. The partnership between ADEA and AAMC enables a higher degree of collaboration and integration between medicine and dentistry. Allowing medical and dental faculty to benefit from one another's knowledge, expertise, and excellence improves medical and dental education and, ultimately, patient care.

MedEdPORTAL is a central repository of peer-reviewed resources, graphics, tutorials, lab manuals, assessment instruments, and faculty development materials, as well as an inventory of virtual patient cases. This storehouse of knowledge and tools, contributed to by faculty and students throughout the world, is available free to other educators and learners, thereby diminishing the need to duplicate valuable and expensive-to-produce resources. While it's widely recognized that educators have long invested time and intellectual capital creating tools with which to teach, they do not always receive recognition for doing so. By submitting materials to MedEdPORTAL, educators receive rigorous peer review and feedback. If the materials are accepted for publication in MedEdPORTAL, educators receive recognition for their scholarship, which may be used to support promotion and tenure decisions. To learn more about MedEdPORTAL, visit www.adea.org/mededportal.


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