What is ADEA CCI?

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) formed the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education (ADEA CCI) in 2005 to build consensus among all stakeholders in dental education, research, and practice by providing leadership to a systemic, collaborative, and continuous process of innovative change in the education of general dentists so that they enter the profession competent to meet the oral health needs of the public throughout the 21st century and to function as important members of an efficient and effective health care team. A major component of ADEA CCI's work has been the development of a series of commissioned papers published in the Journal of Dental Education from 2005 to 2009. All 22 papers in the series appear in Beyond the Crossroads.

The result is an effective strategy for academic dental institutions to consider in making own changes. Research encapsulated in Beyond the Crossroads has already provided important knowledge to various specific change efforts. For instance, it was used to develop Competencies for the New General Dentist (approved by the ADEA House of Delegates April 2, 2008), which will be reflected in curricula changes at individual schools over the next few years. The research was also used to inform the work of a joint ADEA and Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) task force that worked in 2007 to revise the predoctoral accreditation standards, which are currently under review by dental communities of interest until May 2009. In addition, it has been influential in developing new strategies for faculty development in key areas of teaching, learning, and assessment. 

In preparing future dental practitioners and academicians and maintaining viable academic dental institutions, dental education faces myriad challenges. The inspiring work of ADEA CCI has provided us with useful strategies for stimulating innovative change.