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ADEA Institutional Capacity Building—August 2014

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ADEA Institutional Capacity Building portfolio led the third ADEA Regional Faculty Development Workshop on interprofessional education (IPE) and the second ADEA Allied Dental Regional Accreditation Workshop in Los Angeles, July 21–22.

Attendance for the Allied Dental Regional Accreditation Workshop included 50 participants, the majority of whom came from California and Washington but others from as far away as Hawaii and Texas. Several schools had multiple participants, which allowed those schools to have various faculty members implement ideas from the conference at their home institutions.

The allied community also had the opportunity to hear a new speaker, Ms. Susan Ellis, Dental Division Chair, Dental Hygiene Department Chair Fayetteville Technical Community College. She has experience as a program director, Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) site visitor and review committee member.

Participants learned more about the accreditation process, how to prepare for CODA site visits and became more familiar with CODA allied dental education standards. A panel of program directors discussed when to begin preparing for the CODA site visit, how to involve faculty members in the site visit and self-evaluation process, as well as best steps for ongoing assessments. The final Allied Dental Regional Accreditation Workshop will take place in Atlanta, GA, October 27­28.

The largest ever group attended the ADEA Regional Faculty Development Workshops: Bringing IPE Home. Participants learned more about IPE in the context of a changing health care delivery model and how to further engage institutions in implementing IPE. 

Attendees gained a better understanding of the roles, responsibilities and professional tenets of not only dentistry but also other health professions. They learned how to aid students in becoming effective team members in collaborative care settings to achieve improved health outcomes.

For this workshop, participants heard from Dr. Judith A. Buchanan and a new speaker, Dr. John Tegzes, Director of Interprofessional Education at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. He discussed IPE assessment methods at Western University, which is a case-based curriculum with a fully integrated IPE program, thus all health professions students take their classes together. 

He discussed the IPE competency domains of values and ethics for interprofessional practice, roles and responsibilities, interprofessional communication and teamwork. Educational assessment, he said, is the process of documenting in measurable terms the knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs of either an individual learner, learning community, institution or educational system. He had participants pair up and then share how they would assess knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors in dental school students in all years of the curriculum.

Dr. Tegzes then spoke about student assessment at Western University, which consists of pre- and post-course surveys, focus groups, small-team sessions with a facilitator and self-reflection essays.

You can learn more about IPE from Dr. Buchanan during the upcoming ADEA Policy Center’s Leading Conversations Webinar, Wednesday, August 20, 2014,  noon–1:00 p.m. Eastern Time: Moving IPE Forward: The Role for Dental Education. 

Participate for Free. Invite Your Colleagues. Earn CE Credit.

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