Session Daily: Sunday, March 19


ADEA GoDental Recruitment Event Points Students in the Right Direction

2017 ADEA GoDental Recruitment Event

On Saturday morning, over 700 predental students who are considering dental school convened at the ADEA GoDental Recruitment Event. In its eighth year, students joined admissions officers from over 45 dental schools to learn the ins and outs of applying to dental school. Distinguished speakers warmly welcomed the students to the event, sharing best practices and words of encouragement for what can be an overwhelming process. 

Elizabeth Andrews, D.D.S., M.S., Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine and Leon Assael, D.M.D., C.M.M., Chair-elect of the ADEA Board of Directors, welcomed students. “You are joining the greatest secret in health care today, which is becoming a dentist. You will be a healer, making a positive impact on your community,” says Dr. Assael. 

This year, the keynote address was delivered by Maj. Gen. Roosevelt Allen, D.D.S., Director of Medical Operations and Research and Chief of the Dental Corps, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Falls Church, VA. As Director of Medical Operations and Research, Maj. Gen. Allen executes health care policy in support of 44,000 personnel and 75 medical treatment facilities with a budget of more than $6.4 billion. He ensures a quality, cost-effective, prevention-based health care continuum for 2.6 million beneficiaries worldwide.

Maj. Gen. Allen didn’t start out with the goal of joining the dentistry profession. After embarking on a path that he found didn’t interest him, he sought a new one. A mentor also helped him see a different perspective. He encouraged the students to secure a mentor as an important part of their education. “Sometimes people see something in you that you don’t see in yourself,” he shares.

Maj. Gen. Roosevelt Allen, D.D.S.His most powerful points involved a pencil analogy. A pencil has many uses, shapes and sizes. There is diversity. Despite what is on the outside, the lead is the most important part. “Be sharp in your appearance. Be sharp in your communications skills. Be sharp in your knowledge,” he recommends. He also stressed work-life balance. Too much pressure on a pencil point causes it to break. “You must have a balance—mental, physical, spiritual and social. If you don’t feel good about these aspects of life, reach out to someone who can help you. Not to be forgotten, the eraser is a very important part of the pencil. We all make mistakes. It’s important to understand that mistakes are a pathway to learning."   

His message had an impact on attendees. Elyse Lyon, who is considering applying to dental school says, “One of the things that resonated was to consider the mission statement of different schools. As well as the analogy of the pencil, to be a well-rounded person. It was good that he encouraged balance, and taking time for a life outside of dentistry.” 

Maj. Gen. Allen encouraged students to follow their passion. “A pencil is used to make a mark. What type of mark will you make on this country? You have an opportunity to make a great impact on your community in highly respected profession.” 

A panel discussion followed a packed Recruitment Fair and offered students guidance on how to craft a successful ADEA AADSAS®application. Four panelists shared what dental schools are seeking in applicants.

Students were encouraged to build a solid plan. They should start as early as freshman or sophomore year. It can be a lengthy process, and an early, organized start is critical. It’s also important to think about a personal brand, which can be defined by a CV, personal statements and letters of recommendation. A successful interview can be had with research and preparation. 

As in years past, this unique event was well-attended and engagement was high. "The ADEA GoDental Recruitment Event offers individuals interested in dentistry the exclusive opportunity to meet one-on-one with admissions officers from over 45 U.S. dental schools. Additionally, attendees have the opportunity to network with their peers, hear first-hand what life is like as a current dental student and learn specific tips on how to craft a winning dental school application," says Elizabeth Reitz, Senior Manager, GoDental, and Co-organizer of the ADEA GoDental Recruitment Event.



ADEA Signature Series: Rethinking How to Effect Change

Alan DeutschmanSaturday’s ADEA Signature Series, titled Beyond Boundaries: How Leaders Can Create Change, drew a crowd of about 200 ADEA Leadership Institute alumni and current class members to hear Alan Deutschman talk about the psychology of change and how to create change. In this interactive session, Mr. Deutschman talked about common change strategies that leaders think will work, but fail; what strategies actually succeed in creating change; and the role leaders play in creating change. After each of these topics he paused to allow for small group discussions, with some groups reporting their ideas back to the larger group.

Mr. Deutschman was a business journalist for 22 years, interviewing some of the most famous leaders in global business (for example, Steve Jobs). It was his attendance at a 2004 IBM conference on health care that made him question everything he was doing. During the conference, a panel of experts talked about how 80 percent of health care spending was due to five behaviors—smoking, overeating, drinking too much alcohol, lacking exercise, and not managing stress. There are similar behaviors in dentistry that would prevent health problems—brushing regularly, flossing, having regular cleanings, eating less sugar, etc. However, even when people know the facts about how these behaviors can cause health problems, they still do not change. This spurred him to figure out why it is so difficult to change, and what actually works to effect change. He authored a book, Change or Die: The Three Keys to Change at Work and in Life that examined why, even when they are faced with life or death situations, people will not change.

Mr. Deutschman first discussed creating change, and the strategies to get people to change that seem like they will work but fail. He identified these strategies as the three Fs—facts, fear and force. Facts: if people just get the facts, they will do the right thing. Fear: If we appeal to the emotion of fear, people will be scared into changing. Force: If we assert our rank and position of authority, people will have to change. 

Why do the three Fs fail? First, people tend to approach things with their preconceived perceptions and elaborate mental constructs that explain how the world works. Given the same set of facts, different people will interpret the facts in different ways. Using the analogy of the movie March of the Penguins, he explained how it had been used as a political metaphor by both conservatives and liberal. Each side had a different interpretation of the story. “When we’re given the facts, we try to fit them into our existing frameworks,” Mr. Deutschman says. If the facts challenge our belief systems, then we tend to reject the change.

The next topic was about the strategies that actually succeed in effecting change. Mr. Deutschman presented the three Rs—relate, repeat, and reframe. Relate: Find that connection where the person who is resistant to change connects with another person, leader, or a group of peers who are like them and inspires them to change. Repeat: Use the relationship to teach people and have them practice and master the new set of skills or behaviors. Reframe: This comes in the end, when people realize they are practicing something different and they change how they think about it.

Signature Series (small groups)And finally, Mr. Deutschman addressed the role of leaders in change. Leaders have to focus on what’s most important—the rule of one or two interconnected things. For example, in the 1950s and 1960s, Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement focused on two goals—achieve equality through nonviolence. In the most innovative companies, leaders decide priorities in the simplest terms—who is most important and what is most important. Another example— Jeff Bezos early on decided that customers are most important, and instituted free shipping. He was met with resistance—the focus should be on growing the company for shareholders and investors, and free shipping will cause the company to lose money. Bezos stood firm in his conviction that if Amazon did what’s best for customers, in the long run the company will thrive, which will be good for shareholders and employees. 

The small group discussions generated many ideas. There were a few recurring themes—the importance of connecting with people to find out what motivates them and empowering them to make the change, how mentorship and coaching is key to change, and defining and prioritizing change efforts.

At the end, attendees came away with ideas to use as they begin to develop their own strategies for creating change at their institutions.

First-time Attendees of ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition Find Their Tribes

Over 70 first-time attendees and veterans of the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition gathered for the Find Your Tribe event on Saturday. The session opened with a fun “Connect the Dots” ice breaker, where attendees walked around looking for contact names to note on their handouts in several categories (e.g., Find someone who speaks two different languages). In addition to the fun game, first-time attendees learned tips and shortcuts from the veterans about navigating the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, grew their networks within the ADEA community, and met volunteer leaders and staff to answer questions and provide valuable resources.

Dr. Valachovic Gives Annual Report to the House of Delegates

Dr. Valachovic speaking at the opening of the ADEA House of Delegates

On Saturday, Dr. Richard Valachovic, ADEA President and CEO, gave his annual address to the ADEA House of Delegates. He discussed current issues in dental education and provided highlights of ADEA’s activities over the past year. 

The 2016 ADEA Annual Report is exclusively online—go to and see what ADEA’s been doing for the past year! 


8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Opening Plenary—Exploring the Frontiers of Science and Human Potential
, LBCC-Exhibit Hall B, Sponsored by the ADEA Corporate Council

10:30 a.m. – noon

ADEA Chair of the Board Symposium—Transformation of the Health Care System
, LBCC-Grand Ballroom A

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

We Want You! Reviewing Annual Session Program Submissions
, Room: LBCC-104A

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.:

“In the Mix” Series: Inclusion, Excellence and Dental Education
, LBCC-Grand Ballroom A (Ticketed Event)


8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Political Spotlight—Double Perspective: Ana Navarro, J.D., and Hilary Rosen, LBCC-Exhibit Hall B

10:30 a.m. – noon

Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors Symposium—Challenges Facing Dental Education: Phase 1 Findings From the “Gies Report for the 21st Century”, LBCC-Grand Ballroom B

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors Symposium—Beyond the Horizon: Innovative Ideas for Dental Education, LBCC-Grand Ballroom A

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

2017 William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement Gala, Ticketed Event, LBCC-Pacific Ballroom


Tickets Available for Office Emergency Simulation Labs

Tickets for Office Emergency Simulation Lab—Teaching Medical Emergency Management—Incorporating the Use of Simulation in a Comprehensive Training Program are still available for sessions today and on Monday—go to Registration to check availability.

Exhibit Hall

The Exhibit Hall is open from noon – 5:00 p.m. today. A complimentary lunch will be provided from noon to 2:00 p.m. The raffle will happen at 1:30 p.m.; you must be present to win.

Get Your Free Professional Headshot on Monday

Get your professional headshot between 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 20 at the ADEA Showcase, Booth #302, in Exhibit Hall A.

JDE Office Hours

From noon to 2:00 p.m. at the ADEA Showcase, Booth #302, Nadeem Karimbux, D.M.D., M.M.Sc., Editor, and Lynn Whittaker, Ph.D., Executive Managing Editor, will be on hand to answer questions and discuss topics related to the JDE.

ADEA TechExpo

From 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., see the latest technology applications developed specifically for dental education by your colleagues at the ADEA TechExpo (located in Exhibit Hall A). ADEA TechExpo abstracts are published in the February 2017 issue of the Journal of Dental Education.

ADEA Poster Presentations

Poster presentations will be given from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall. Poster presentation abstracts are published in the February 2017 issue of the Journal of Dental Education.

Registration Booth

If you’re arriving today, you must check in at the registration area and pick up your badge and conference materials before you attend any sessions. The registration booth is located in the Promenade of the Long Beach Convention Center, and is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today.

ADEA House of Delegates Booth Hours

Members of the ADEA House of Delegates (ADEA HOD) can pick up their credentials today between noon and 5:30 p.m. The ADEA HOD Booth is located in the Promenade of the Long Beach Convention Center. (If you're arriving today, please be sure to pick up your registration materials first.)

Continuing Education Credits

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