Based on the success and positive feedback of similar workshops, the ADEA Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) portfolio held the first ADEA Allied Dental Regional Accreditation Workshop in Chicago on April 24–25. The workshop assisted allied educators with understanding the accreditation process, prepared them for accreditation site visits and helped them become familiar with the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) allied dental education standards.
The workshop is the first in a series of regional workshops designed to bring insight about contemporary issues and ideas regarding accreditation to the allied dental education community. Representatives from U.S. dental assisting and dental hygiene programs attended.
In the opening panel discussion, each panelist shared when she began preparing for a site visit, the best first steps to take with ongoing assessments, how to prepare the self-study document and how best to prepare faculty for the site visit. A panel of experienced and successful program directors spoke of the insights they received as CODA site visitors and counseled on how to best navigate the general accreditation process and involve team members in the accreditation self-evaluations process. They also discussed the timing and sequencing of the preparation process. The panel consisted of Pamela Brilowski, former program director from Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, WI; Michele Carr, Associate Professor and Chair, Division of Dental Hygiene at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry; and Deanna Stentiford, Associate Dean of Health Sciences, College of Central Florida.
Patrice Renfrow, of CODA, spoke about CODA’s perspective on policies and new documents for the new dental assisting standards. She informed attendees of all recent developments from the Commission and worked through all the stages of planning needed to comply with the new policies and standards. Members present from the dental assisting community said they appreciated the ability to interact directly with representatives from CODA and ask questions.
In the break-out session by discipline, Ms. Brilowski and Ms. Carr gave the dental hygiene group expert advice on dental hygiene topics such as program planning, graduation competencies, new standards, outcome assessments, patient care competencies, syllabi, curriculum management planning and quality assurance. They answered questions on graduation competencies, such as what competencies to include, how to develop them and how to measure them.
Feedback from the workshop was exceptionally positive. It served to answer questions related to accreditation, as programs are aware of standards and what they’re supposed to do, but additionally this workshop provided them with excellent ideas of how to prepare documents for site visits. Several participants were so enthusiastic about the workshops that they will be sending other faculty members to the next workshop in Los Angeles in July.
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