Spring 2010: Community-Based Dental Education Comes of Age


Community-Based Dental Education Comes of Age
Dr. Eugene L. Anderson, Associate Executive Director and Director, ADEA Center for Educational Policy and Research

Twenty-five years since its inception, community-based education (CBE) is coming of age. At a growing number of academic dental institutions, CBE is demonstrating its ability to reduce the cost of educating students, improve the quality of their clinical experiences, and make a substantial contribution to improving access to care for surrounding communities. At the University of Colorado Denver and Harvard School of Dental Medicine—two of CBE’s early adopters—senior dental students currently spend about half the year doing rotations in community clinics and private practices.

In this issue of the ADEA CCI Liaison Ledger, we visit The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, where a Dental Pipeline grant has transformed a traditional outreach program into one that permeates students’ fourth-year experiences and is reshaping their understanding of access issues. At the University of Michigan, we meet Dr. Wilhelm A. Piskorowski, whose financial innovations have allowed a public university in a cash-strapped state to dramatically expand its CBE offerings. And in our Guest Perspective, Dr. Howard L. Bailit of the University of Connecticut looks at the factors driving the move to situate more clinical education in community-based  settings.

Links to JDE articles and to the sites mentioned in this edition’s stories are available underResources. We hope you will use these to explore ways in which to enhance your institution’s CBE offerings.


Upcoming Events
June 28-30, 2010

ADEA CCI Summer 2010 Meetings
Hyatt Regency Cambridge

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Engaged for Change: Strategies for Moving Forward

Looking Ahead
Schools interested in expanding their diversity and community-based dental education programs will have a rich new resource available this fall. The Dental Pipeline National Program Office will release a “how to” guide in the Journal of Dental Education. Papers by dental school leaders will focus on the operational elements of the Dental Pipeline program. The report will discuss program management; financial impact; and student, school, and community impact. It will also share the results of interviews with offsite clinic directors.