Leading Conversations

The ADEA Policy Center webinar series Leading Conversations is intended to engage members of the dental education and higher education communities—as well as health care professionals and organizations—on the important issues and trends impacting dental education and oral health. 

Members of the dental education community will come together every two months, in one virtual room, for 60 minutes of provocative conversation facilitated by experts, researchers and practitioners, on a selected topic related to oral and public health policy, higher education access and the future of the workforce, to the latest research, innovations, information and trends in academic dentistry.

Presentation materials will be shared in advance. Each live webinar presentation will include a captivating opening video, class screen sharing, interactive Q&A, polling and live social media engagement efforts.

Upcoming Webinars: 

The next Leading Conversations webinar will be held in October 2015. 

Past Webinars:

All Together Now: Realizing IPE at Academic Health Centers

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, Noon - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative has identified six key challenges in the implementation of core interprofessional competencies which are foundational to successful IPE:

  • Institutional level challenges  
  • Lack of institutional collaborators  
  • Practical issues  
  • Faculty development issues 
  • Assessment issues 
  • Lack of regulatory expectations.  

How do we overcome these obstacles to truly move IPE forward? This webinar examined these barriers to IPE implementation and described strategies to overcome them from the perspective of the university, the academic health center and the academic dental institution. 

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#TechDilemma: Student Professionalism in the Digital Age

Monday, June 22, 2015, Noon - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

This webinar discussed the impact technology has had on ethical and professional behavior among students, and how policies and practices of academic dental institutions have evolved. The webinar also suggested ways for dental institutions to address professionalism in students during the admissions process, throughout predoctoral training and into their professional lives.

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Responding to the Looming Faculty Shortage in Allied Dental Education

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Noon - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

This webinar provided an overview of current data regarding the current and predicted faculty workforce in allied dental education. It discussed the need for mentoring faculty and explore successful mentoring programs for faculty to become our future leaders. 

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Protecting Oral Health in the HIV/AIDS Community: Academic Dental Institutions and the Ryan White Program

Tuesday, February 24, 2015, Noon - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

This webinar discussed the critical role academic dental institutions play in providing dental care to the HIV/AIDS community through the HIV/AIDS Dental Programs, and explored both the financial and administrative challenges faced by dental program grantees and future opportunities to strengthen the Ryan White HIV/AIDS dental programs.

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The ACA through a Post-Election Lens

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, Noon - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

This timely webinar focused on key components of the ACA, the impact of the law on the delivery system—access to oral health care—and the law's overall effect on oral health care and academic dentistry. Also, the webinar covered what to expect next when the 114th session of Congress convenes in January 2015.

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The Dental Safety Net and Access to Oral Health

Monday, October 27, 2014, Noon - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

In the United States there are two main access points for oral health services. The two systems—the private delivery system and the dental safety net--largely function independently from one another with different patient populations, practice settings and financing streams. This webinar focused on the following aspects of the dental safety net: (1) the nation's access to care crisis and the need for the dental safety net, (2) the populations reliant on the dental safety net for urgent and basic care, (3) the entities that compose the dental safety net and strategies to increase access and (4) the essential role academic dental institutions play in the dental safety net. 

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Navigating the Research Landscape: Key Strategies for Success

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, Noon - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

The research landscape can be a challenging road to navigate. Successfully navigating the research "road map" often requires some shifts in traditional research and funding conversations. This webinar provided criteria for launching or expanding an academic research career, identifying research projects and funding opportunities—both institutional and national, and developing a personal strategy for navigating the research landscape.

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Moving IPE Forward: The Role for Dental Education

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, Noon - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Judith A. Buchanan, D.M.D., M.S., Ph.D., focused on dental education and how dental faculty and their institutional leaders are essential in moving their institutions one step closer to incorporating IPE into their curriculum. 

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Leaning In: A New Era of Women Leaders

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, Noon - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Presenters Teresa Dolan, D.D.S., M.P.H., and Kathryn Atchison, D.D.S., M.P.H., led a thoughtful conversation about the challenges and opportunities of moving beyond a traditional dental career and began to answer the question, “How do I get from here to there?"

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