Political Spotlight: Double Perspective: Ana Navarro, J.D., and Hilary Rosen Monday’s Political Spotlight plenary session, like first few months of the new administration, was unusual this year in that the two guest speakers tended to agree more than disagree. The point-counterpoint format featured Republican Strategist Ana Navarro and Democratic Consultant Hilary Rosen.
ADEA Chief Advocacy Officer Yvonne Knight moderated the discussion on some of the hot topics of the day.
The first question—After
watching the hearings addressing President Trump’s wiretapping allegations,
what are your thoughts?
Navarro was adamant that Obama did not order wiretapping, and said James Comey also told her this. She went on to express how Trump’s untrue statements are eroding the trust of the American people. No matter which party they are in, Americans want to believe in their president. Rosen agreed,
adding that the wiretapping hearings and the hearings about ties to Russia will get all the attention for the next week, while in the meantime the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be on the floor and millions stand to lose health care coverage.
The second question—What are your thoughts about the
president’s use of Twitter?
Rosen said that Trump is an accessible president, but unfortunately he uses social media to make untrue statements. The tweeting itself doesn’t bother her, but how the media and the rest the world responds to each tweet does. Navarro chimed in to say that the president’s tweeting bothers
her, and she is not willing to lower her standards for how a president should act. To attack a Broadway play, an actress, and a department store via Twitter is beneath the position of the President of the United States. She is waiting for him to act presidential.
Rosen never expected him to act presidential, and said there are not enough people calling out the republicans who stand behind him. In Congress, the republicans are excited to have a republican in the White house so they have a chance to set their policies. However, if you are a republican
and you don’t like Trump, you are in a difficult position. The head of intelligence in Congress did not want to investigate the ties to Russia, but Americans have not let it go away.
The third question—What are the chances that a replacement
of the ACA will pass?
Rosen thinks it will pass the house, but there may be some fights in the senate over Planned Parenthood and other provisions. If Trump uses the bully pulpit, and the republicans fall in line, then it will pass. Navarro doesn’t think it will pass. She doesn’t see Trump using the bully
pulpit, but rather he’d prefer to see the ACA fall of its own weight rather than defend the replacement.
Another question posed to the two speakers was about the
Historically, the party in the White House loses seats in the midterms, Rosen said. However, in her view, this is where the democrats are making a mistake. They need a multipronged effort and they are too busy resisting. They are not putting forth a proactive positive agenda anywhere in
the rest of the country that makes people want to vote for a democrat. It doesn’t bode well for the midterms. Navarro took a “wait and see” approach. If Trump’s approval ratings continue to decline, more republicans will distance themselves from him.
The final questions were about prospective democratic
presidential candidates and what they think will happen in the Trump
Administration? Will it “make America great again?”
Rosen said it is too early to tell because the democrats are still arguing about the election. Plus, can the democrats afford a candidate who is a seasoned senator or governor, or do they need a business leader with more progressive values? Navarro added we should look outside the box, that we
need to look past senators and governors for candidates. She said she wouldn’t count Joe Biden out.
On the last question, Rosen said she believes America is already great, and that the democrats got too caught up in believing Trump couldn’t win. If the president continues to talk to people in a way that democrats aren’t, then the democratic party is in trouble. Navarro added that
Trump had his finger on the pulse much better than seasoned political veterans. What has he done? He has broken the mold.
"In the Mix” Series: Inclusion, Excellence and Dental Education
Honoring a rich history of more than 20 years of Discourse & Dessert events at the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, the “In the Mix” series considers inclusion in all its forms and facets. Anne L. Koch, D.M.D., set the stage for the inaugural session on Sunday by highlighting the
barriers transgender individuals face to receiving quality medical care.
“I am never as proud to be a dentist as I am today, speaking to this crowd at the ADEA Annual Session,” says Dr. Koch. She then led her audience through a discussion of health care issues for transgendered individuals and things dental professionals can do when working with
She started by explaining the health care disparities among the diverse group of transgendered individuals. No group is more stigmatized, particularly the very young and those over age 55. Dr. Koch transitioned at age 63 and went through the experience as an individual and as a health care
practitioner who has seen thousands of patients.
People who are transgendered face many barriers to health care—personal humiliation or being misunderstood and dismissed by health care workers, lack of training for medical personnel, lack of health insurance. Dental practitioners can offer support, empathy and understanding to their patients
who are transgendered. These individuals have been traumatized, and often they have lost relationships so don’t have much support, if any.
The actual dental treatment of transgender patients is fairly straight forward. However, what separates you as a professional is an understanding (and an acceptance) of the situation. Show them respect. Ask the individual how he or she would like to be addressed, it’s not your decision how
to address them. Create a welcoming environment by doing something as simple as changing the forms—the “Other” category is not acceptable for identifying gender, change it to “Nonconforming gender.” Offer unisex or gender neutral rest rooms. And don’t pepper people with questions.
Dr. Koch then described the physical and surgical changes that people experienced when they transition, drawing on her own personal experiences as well as those of other people she knows. Then she posed several questions and asked participants to break into groups to discuss each topic, while she
went from table to table to answer questions and hear the discussions.
Formative Feedback Done Right Can Improve Education Outcomes
Giving feedback—especially if it comes in the form of bad news—is hard! While sharing feedback or bad news can be stressful, if approached thoughtfully, carefully and with honesty, it can be productive. Considering a multitude of factors as you embark on such a conversation with students or patients will help you reach
There are many interpersonal and environmental variables that influence the experience of sharing feedback with students. Whether it is about academic/professional conduct or performance in clinic or a poor test grade, how you broach the topic from the beginning can set the tone for outcome.
Before a faculty member confirms a meeting with a student, the first step is to prepare. Collect the facts and bring documentation and specifics to the meeting. Be ready with resources for additional academic support or extra credit to help the student move forward. The conversation can be overwhelming, so faculty
should figure out their feelings about the situation in advance, knowing anxiety is shared.
Consider the timing and location of the meeting. Take into account immediate feedback that is tied to a specific moment versus meeting later in the day, so the student can have some space to reflect after the conversation. Be thoughtful about the setting—whether it is in your office or a stroll around campus. Preparing the
student ahead of time with a location helps set him or her at ease. Always remember that feedback should be given in private to avoid embarrassment in front of peers, patients and other faculty.
Be direct and specific. Base the feedback on first-hand observations, focusing on the work, not on the student. Point out the work that did not meet the required standards and share best practices. Also think about how you will react if the student becomes upset. Know how to comfort, validate hurt feelings and know when to
suspend the conversation if the student is too escalated to continue.
Even with the best preparation, feedback can go horribly wrong. Feelings can make the conversation harder. Anger and frustration can also come to the forefront if it’s a repeat conversation with a student, or if one feels hampered by school rules and regulations. There is also the fear of the student’s reaction, and
how it impacts their psyche and their thoughts about their future.
But not giving feedback because it’s hard is counterproductive. Students often assume that no news is good news. And the most serious risk is that the students may make errors at a patient’s expense.
Students have a lot to gain from receiving feedback. How faculty communicate good news and bad news has a great impact on them in the moment and in shaping their future. Letting them know you are with them, here to help and support, can set students
on pathways to success in their academic and professional careers.
Posters Feature Research and Findings From Dental Students
Posters were on display in the Exhibit Hall on Sunday and Monday during the 2017 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, furnishing details on research from dental schools across the country. ADEA/DENTSPLY International Student Poster Awards recognize dental students for outstanding research and
Beatriz E. Fortanely
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School
3rd Place: Does a Local Dental Anesthesia Review Module Increase the Confidence of 3rd Year Dental Students at the Start of Their Clinical Education?
2nd Place: A New Midlevel Dental Provider in Oregon: Dental Hygienists' Perceptions
New York University College of Dentistry
1st Place: Health Issues Among Dental Students
See You Next Year in Orlando!
2018 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition will be held at the place born from imagination—Orlando. We don’t have to imagine what the next generation of dental education might bring, because we are already living it. Phenomena in technology, health care, demographics and other areas can and will
transform dentistry and how we teach. We know they are impacting our world today, but the question is: Are we prepared to leverage them for the benefit of our profession, our students and society? The time to plan for 2030 is 2018, and the potential for the future of academic dentistry is limited only by our
ADEA invites you to submit abstracts for educational programming for the 2018 meeting. Share your best techniques on how you teach students effectively. Submit abstracts for educational programming for the 2018 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition. The deadline for submitting educational
sessions (seminars, workshops and small group discussions) is June 1, 2017. The deadline for submitting an ADEA TechExpo or an ADEA poster is September 11, 2017.
Complete instructions for submitting a program proposal are available online.
We hope you’ve had a productive and enjoyable experience at the 2017 Annual Session & Exhibition, and we’re looking forward to seeing you next year in Orlando!