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Session Resources

Do you want another look at a presentation used in an educational session you attended? Or would you like a glimpse of sessions you weren't able to attend?

PowerPoint presentations and handouts from educational sessions are available on the 2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition session resources site.

A Sampling of the Educational Sessions at the 2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition

The following summaries are excepted from articles in the show dailies produced during the 2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition.

Transforming the Future of Dental Hygiene Education

Attendees gathered to learn about the strategic recommendations from a symposium held in September 2013 by the Santa Fe Group, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), and the ADHA Institute for Oral Health. The symposium examined the dental hygiene educational system through the lens of its history, the current environment and the future health care and oral health care needs of the public.

Key messages from the symposium included that dental hygienists should practice to the full extent of their education and training; that dental hygienists need to achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes a seamless academic progression; and that dental hygienists should be full partners with dentists and other health professionals in becoming a part of the primary health care system in the United States. All the speakers agreed that the time to act is now and that the dental hygiene education and practice community are the ones to facilitate change.

Publishing in the Journal of Dental Education

On the second day of the 2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, many attendees gathered to learn more about the Journal of Dental Education’s new author submission and peer review guidelines, and the qualities to look for in an ideal manuscript. This 90-minute session was conducted by the Journal’s Editor Nadeem Karimbux, D.M.D., M.M.Sc., with assistance from the Associate Editor Marita Inglehart, Ph.D.; Managing Editor Lynn Whittaker, M.A. and ADEA Publications Associate Ryan Leach.

The session began with a presentation on all of the aspects of the JDE manuscript submission process, touching on the new formatting guidelines, the new categories of submission and the role of the reviewer, as well as offering an inside look into the pet peeves of the editorial staff.

After the presentation, the participants were divided into groups in which they were given the opportunity to perform a mock review of a JDE article. In so doing, the participants not only learned more about the review process, but also how to construct a manuscript in such a way as to increase the likelihood of acceptance.

Educational Session: Exploring the Science of Interprofessional Learning

Participants in the session Exploring the Science of Interprofessional Learning: Contributions from Oral Medicine learned that, as a discipline of dentistry, oral medicine (OM) bridges the gap between dentistry and medicine. The practice of OM focuses on those patients whose medical histories are complex, with underlying medical conditions that may impact their oral health and dental care.

An important component of dental education is instructing students how to complete an oral examination, asking the right questions of a patient to get a thorough history. Starting a conversation about health history enables students to determine the best treatment plan for a patient and which doctors should receive treatment recommendations.

The Commission of Dental Accreditation is requiring that dental schools add OM as an offering to dental students. In addition, those students graduating in 2019 will be required to be competent in communicating and collaborating with other members of a health care team to facilitate the provision of health care.