Tuesday, March 15


2016 Gies Awards

The ADEAGies Foundation’s William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement were presented at a celebration dinner on Monday evening at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center. The Gies Awards, named after dental education pioneer William J. Gies, Ph.D., debuted in 2008 and honor individuals and organizations that exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental education, research and leadership. The Procter & Gamble Company was the premier sponsor of the awards.

“Our profession is constantly seeking new ways to educate students and to discover the best opportunities to meet the oral health needs of the public,” says Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., ADEA President and CEO. “The Gies Awards allow us to stop and say thank you to the men and women who push for excellence in these critical areas.”

The honorees were selected by a distinguished panel of judges consisting of the ADEAGies Foundation Board of Trustees. The 2016 Gies Award recipients are:

Children’s Dental Health Project

Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Public or Private Partner

University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine

Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Academic Dental Institution

Mark C. Herzberg, D.D.S., Ph.D., University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Dental Educator

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics and Delta Dental of Iowa

Gies Award for Outstanding Innovation by a Public or Private Partner

University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, and the Minnesota Board of Dentistry

Gies Award for Outstanding Vision by a Public or Private Partner

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry

Gies Award for Outstanding Vision by an Academic Dental Institution

University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

Gies Award for Outstanding Innovation by an Academic Dental Institution

Harold C. Slavkin, D.D.S., Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Gies Award for Outstanding Vision by a Dental Educator



Verbal Sparring Match at Political Spotlight

Political Spotlight

In honor of this year’s presidential election, Monday’s plenary cast a spotlight on two notables recognized as fierce combatants for their respective political parties: former governor, presidential candidate and Democratic party chair Howard Dean and Republican strategist and commentator Karl Rove, who flew in at the last minute to replace Michael Gerson.

ADEA Chief Advocacy Officer Yvonne Knight stepped into “the ring” with the two to prompt discussion on some of the hot topics of the day. Round 1: their predictions regarding a presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Dean is not convinced Trump will be on the ballot this fall, but if it is Hillary versus Trump, he said, “Hillary will win.”

Rove declined to place a bet on the outcome, saying, “This year has broken every rule.” He did, however, quash the idea that Romney might receive the nomination. “If there’s one thing that unites Republicans,” he said, “it’s that he’s a decent man but a lousy candidate.”

Rove went on to say that 6 in 10 Americans find both Clinton and Trump dishonest and untrustworthy—a liability for both in the general election. 

Dean agreed that it could be difficult for Clinton to retain the many voters who have been energized to take part in the political process by Bernie Sanders, but he believes she has a key asset on her side. “People see her as a competent person who can run the country,” he said. Rove’s reply? “People don’t seem to care a damn about competence.”

Moving forward, both agreed that significant changes will likely be visited upon the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but the two men see vastly different roads forward. Rove believes the ACA is unsustainable in its current form, and he offered a litany of alternative approaches, singling out Medicare Part D as a potential model for a new U.S. health care system. From Dean’s perspective, the only solution to the problem of cost is doing away with fee-for-service medicine, and he pointed to the consolidation of health systems and insurance companies in Massachusetts as a harbinger of what is to come.

Several more rounds touched on the protests that have disrupted the Trump and Sanders campaigns, the political jockeying around the process of replacing Justice Antonin Scalia, and the process through which nominees select a vice president. Neither “combatant” emerged victorious, but they did leave attendees with a sobering reminder.  In Dean’s words, “Americans love talking about their rights, but if we don’t start talking about our obligations as citizens, we’re going to lose our democracy.” And what does he consider our most basic obligation: to vote.  

Rove agreed, but with a key addition: “It’s important that people make an informed choice.”

Extoling and Expanding the Role of Dental Hygienists in Hospital Settings

It is known that people benefit from good and consistent oral health care. Dentists and dental hygienists provide essential services to help the community maintain good overall health. But is that care always available in a hospital setting? And what are the benefits and barriers? 

Two of ADEA’s councils—the Council of Hospitals and Advanced Education Programs (COHAEP) and the Council of Allied Dental Program Directors (CADPD)—collaborated on a survey to take a deeper look at the state of dental hygiene’s involvement in hospital settings. Each council went back to their membership to gather data regarding their affiliations and experiences with dental hygiene in hospital settings. 

Respondents to the ADEA CADPD survey found that less than half of the programs were affiliated with a hospital, but they overwhelmingly shared their interest in providing dental hygiene services in a hospital if presented with the opportunity. Those who participated in the ADEA COHAEP survey shared that 50% of them had an affiliation with a dental hygiene program and that most of their residency programs interacted with licensed dental hygienists or students. The ADEA COHAEP members would be willing to work with dental hygienists if given the opportunity. Both groups saw similar barriers to working together, mostly around credentialing, hospital privileges and funding. 

In order for this movement to gain traction, it is critical that the benefits of dental hygiene in a hospital setting are made clear. Michelle Carr, M.A., RDH, of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, shared the results of a study her program participated in over a three-year span. The nursing program reached out to her and offered an opportunity to collaborate on a very specific study—Outcomes of an Oral Care Protocol in Post-Mechanically Ventilated Patients. The study focused on oral care in recently extubated acutely ill patients. As a result of this randomized study, oral health improved in all patients. A consistent and thorough oral care protocol was confirmed as a way to reduce hospital-acquired infections in patients. The study showed a great need for dental hygiene in an ICU setting. Nurses don’t always feel comfortable with these tasks, opening the door for treatment by dental hygienists.

A dental hygienist in the trenches, Tammy Swecker, B.S.D.H., M.Ed., of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, finds much value in the role of dental hygienists in a hospital setting. Quality oral care impacts all units of a hospital—rehabilitation, ICU, emergency, trauma, etc. She shared the many advantages of interdisciplinary collaboration among dentistry, social workers, nurses and other health professions. She also stressed the importance of improving overall quality of care with improved dental care, which also helped to provide educational training to others in the hospital. Patient populations in underrepresented areas are often not in the best of health. Being a hygienist in a health system allows you to be an additional resource for health care providers. Working as a team and communicating across disciplines in a hospital setting provides patients with the most complete care.

There are barriers, however. Funding is often at the top of this list. There are challenges to keeping dental clinics open and getting the supplies needed to provide patients with the tools they need to maintain good oral health. It often falls to the dental hygienist to be dogged in pursuit of these funds to keep programs running in the name of patient care. 

The largest barriers are around credentialing and gaining hospital privileges. It can be a long, complicated task to join a hospital’s professional or medical staff. David M. Shafer, D.M.D., of the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, shared the details of the two-tiered process dental hygienists must go through. This process is regulated by The Joint Commission and state regulatory bodies (typically the Department of Public Health).

The first is credentialing. This part of the process allows a dental hygienist to be on the hospital staff. Often there is a background check, licenses are reviewed, training and competencies are checked, and prerequisites are confirmed. This ensures that an applicant can perform the requested privilege; gaining privileges allows the applicant to provide care in a hospital setting. A hospital establishes criteria that determines an applicant’s ability to provide specific care in a hospital setting. The evaluations are thorough and constantly evaluated.

While hospitals are generally arranged the same way, dentistry can fall into either the administrative or medical professional column. It’s key for dentistry to be in the medical profession so practitioners are perceived as key caregivers. This is where it is incumbent on dental hygienists to demonstrate the need and benefit of having them on the staff, and how their presence can directly help patients have better outcomes.

The ultimate goal is to incorporate dental hygiene into every hospital setting. The presence of oral care specialists can make a significant difference in patient outcomes. The challenges are great, and will require persistent work on the part of those in dentistry to prove the obvious benefit of their profession. 

Posters Feature Research and Findings From Dental Students 

Posters were on display in the Exhibit Hall on Sunday and Monday during the 2016 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, furnishing details on research from dental schools across the country.

Congratulations to the winners of the Student Poster Awards Competition, sponsored by DENTSPLY International, Inc.

First Place 

Interprofessional Education: Collaboration between Nursing Practitioner Students and Dental Students in Dental Emergency Clinic
Author: Lewis Chen, Student
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

Second Place

Assessing the Efficacy of Learning Catalytics in the Dental School Curriculum
Author: Sara Golkari, B.A., Student
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Third place

Varying Feedback in a Test-Enhanced Competence-based course in Predoctoral Orthodontics
Author: Han Suk Kim, Student
New York University College of Dentistry

Course at UCLA SOD Creates Teaching Apprenticeships and Builds Interest in Dentistry 

The decision to enter dental school is not a light one. The programs are rigorous and demanding. To address this, the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry (UCLA SOD) created the Basic Dental Principles (BDP) course. This two-year program gives individuals interested in dentistry a taste of dental school and the topics they will be required to study.

BDP has a dual purpose. The program educates those interested in studying dentistry. It also mentors dental students interested in a future in academic dentistry. For both, the program encourages participants to think about dentistry in a different way. The program also has the potential to inspire those on the bubble and those in other health professions programs, or steer them to a different path.

There is mutual gain for the students involved in the program at the UCLA SOD, as well as those taking the class. Predental students and those interested in dentistry are recruited to the two-year program, which includes both lecture and laboratory components. In Year 1, they receive an introduction and overview of the various aspects and specialties of dentistry. Lectures are structured with a 45-minute session and a quiz to ensure engagement. Materials are uploaded in advance, allowing students to prepare before the class. Students who pass the lecture series can register for Year 2, which is the Laboratory Series.

The lab series involves four sessions where students receive step-by-step instruction and pamphlets outlining each task so students can take their work with them when completed. The semester finishes with a reflection paper and a research paper/poster session. The lab series also features lectures. 

Dental students who are interested in academic dentistry are the prime candidates for this program. There are various levels of participation for D1, D2 and D3 students. Although D4 students are often too busy to participate, some come back to serve as mentors and provide feedback.

Two course directors oversee lab coordinators, teachers and laboratory teaching assistants, and manage all aspects of the BDP course. Two lab coordinators are tasked with purchasing supplies and materials, promoting the BDP program, presenting a lecture to course participants and assisting the course directors.

D1s start the program as poster mentors. They help guide the poster groups and meet with students to help narrow or clarify the focus of their research. In addition, D2 and D3 students serve as teaching assistants in the lab. Approximately 40 are chosen to handle this task. D3 students serve as the lecturers for the program. In their role, they must attend teaching workshop to refine their lecture abilities. They share materials with mentors and then practice with each other to review presentations and refine skills. 

The BDP course at UCLA SOD grows every year. It is self-sustaining as students move through the various roles over the course of their studies. 


See You Next Year in Long Beach!

The 2017 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition will be held at the literal edge between land and sea in Long Beach, CA. Imagine a diver’s view walking on solid ground into the waves, and a moment later as the mask hits the water and reveals an entirely new reality. This minute shift in perspective can fundamentally alter one’s view of the world.

Similarly, the 2017 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition will challenge the academic dental profession to transcend the familiar and explore the unexpected questions behind more effective learning, scholarship, teaching, professional development and patient care. Join us for this unique experience and discover what may be possible if we push past the boundaries of what we know.

ADEA invites you to submit abstracts for educational programming for the 2017 meeting. Share your best techniques on how you teach students effectively. Submit abstracts for educational programming for the 2017 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition. The deadline for submitting educational sessions (seminars, workshops and small group discussions) is June 1, 2016. The deadline for submitting an ADEA TechExpo or an ADEA poster is September 12, 2016. Complete instructions for submitting a program proposal are available online.

We hope you’ve had a productive and enjoyable experience at the 2016 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, and we’re looking forward to seeing you next year!


Registration Booth

The registration booth is located in the A Lobby, Ballroom Level of the Colorado Convention Center, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. today.

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ADEA House of Delegates Booth Hours

Members of the  ADEA House of Delegates (ADEA HOD) can pick up their credentials today between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The ADEA HOD Booth is located in the A Lobby, Ballroom Level, of the Colorado Convention Center.