February 2009


Interprofessionalism: Integrating Education for Integrated Care

Dr. Eugene L. Anderson, Associate Executive Director and Director, ADEA Center for Educational Policy and Research

The move toward integrated healthcare delivery seems to be well on its way. Community health centers have been models in this regard, with many offering physical, behavioral, and oral health services at one convenient location. Some even offer exercise and cooking classes, support groups, and an arena for social interactions that help their clients become and remain healthy. In the private sector, the adoption of electronic health records may soon allow greater collaboration among providers and a team approach to patient care.


Despite these advances, the various health professions continue to educate their own in separate institutional settings and inkeeping with distinct professional norms. This doesn't make alot of sense when the bulk of their graduates may soon be practicing as part of a team in an interdisciplinary environment.

In recent years the dominant educational model has started to break down. Individuals, whole departments, and entire school shave started reaching across campus and between institutions to form collaborative partnerships that facilitate interprofessional learning. Dental education has the opportunity to take a more active role in these efforts and create learning environments where interprofessional collaboration among students and faculty canthrive.

In our Guest Commentary, Dr. James J. Koelbl shares some observations on all this from his vantage point as Founding Dean of the College of Dental Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. Interprofessionalism is embedded in the fabric of his university, and he describes approaches that could translate tomany of our institutions. Our visit to the campus of the Universityof Kentucky College of Dentistry showcases a ground breaking collaboration with a college of osteopathic medicine that appreciates the oral systemic connection and the need for integrated care in rural Kentucky. Finally, you'll see an academic dentist making the rounds of UK's Colleges of Medicine and Nursing as we cast the Faculty Spotlight on the work of our colleague Dr. Pamela A. Stein. Recent JDE articles on interprofessionalism and other tools you can use are available under Resources. We hope these will prove valuable in your work to integrate interprofessionalism into the culture and curricula at your home institutions.


Upcoming Events

March 16, 2009: ADEA CCI Liaisons Meeting and special presentation at the 86th ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition,Phoenix, Arizona (speaker, time, and location to be announced)

  4:00 p.m.
The first ADEA CCI sponsored event will be a special session on change and innovation in higher education, Fostering Change and Innovation in a Fiscally Conservative Environment, with Scott D. Pattison, Executive Director of the National Association of State Budget Officers.This session will be open to all conference attendees.
  5:00 p.m.
"Introduction to the Dental Assessment Toolbox" - This meeting for ADEA CCI Liaisons will provide participants with a valuable professional development opportunity.  Dr. Gene Kramer, Secretaryof the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations, whoprepared the Toolbox, will introduce everyone to this new resource. The toolbox will also appear as an article in anupcoming Journal of Dental Education issue, and it will be available online.
  6:00 p.m.
A reception will follow the meeting. Join us for a fun and different kind of get-together.

The 2009 ADEA Annual Session will also feature:

  • The release of the ADEA CCI White Papers in a bound volume
  • Open hearings on the ADEA-CODA Task Force revisions to the Predoctoral Dental Education Standards

Recent Accomplishments

A joint ADEA-Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) Task Force on Predoctoral Dental Education Standards submitted revised Predoctoral Dental Education Accreditation Standards to CODA. On July 31, 2008, CODA approved the circulation of the revised standards. Following a year of public review, the standards will be reviewed again at the Commission meeting in July 2009.

Looking Ahead

June 29 - July 1, 2009: ADEA CCI Liaisons Summer Conference, SanDiego, California