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: 

ADEA CCI Spotlight: Fresh Approaches to Assessment for Dental Educators

Monday, October 26, 2015, Noon - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Featuring two enthusiastically-received speakers from the 2015 ADEA CCI Liaisons Summer Meeting, this webinar will share successful approaches to assessing students' ethical and professional behavior and evidence-based decision making skills. This webinar is must for anyone who has struggled with adopting assessment approaches to the new competencies in preparation for accreditation, and for all dental education assessment enthusiasts. 

Past Webinars:

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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