Session Daily: Monday, March 19


ADEA Recognizes Individuals for Exceptional Service to Dental Education

Award Winners

The Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors, Leon Assael, D.M.D., CMM, awarded Chair of the ADEA Board of Director’s Citations to nine individuals who have demonstrated exceptional service to ADEA and the dental education community, and an ADEA Honorary Membership to one individual for outstanding contributions to academic service. Dr. Assael presented the awards Sunday morning during the ADEA Opening Ceremony with Awards and Plenary Session.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to acknowledge those who are really making a change in dental education,” Dr. Assael says. “I feel privileged to have worked with many of these individuals.”

In addition, Karen P. West, D.M.D., M.P.H., Dean of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Dental Medicine, received ADEA’s premier award—the ADEA Distinguished Service Award. The ADEA Board of Directors presents this award to an ADEA member who has made an extraordinary contribution to dental education through research, teaching or service.

“All of us in this room have been helped by the work of this recipient,” Dr. Assael says, referring to Dr. West’s long tenure with and varied leadership roles on the Commission on Dental Accreditation, in addition to being a leader in dental education. “For all these reasons, and for a strong personal one, Dr. Karen West is the recipient of this award, not only for her accomplishments but for her inestimable qualities as a person and as an academic dentist,” he adds.

“I am truly humble to be in the company of the Distinguished Service awardees who have come before me,” says Dr. West. “I have realized that our actions, not necessarily our words, have an impact on people and inspire them to act as well. If you work hard and have a strong commitment, things will usually work out. I am committed to continuing on my path and developing the next generation of leaders. I thank you for this incredible honor.”

Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors Citations:

Dr. Brian Alpert
University of Louisville School of Dentistry

Dr. Colleen Brickle
Normandale Community College

Dr. Ana López-Fuentes
University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Keith A. Mays
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Dr. M. Raynor Mullins
Emeritus Professor of Dental Public Health
University of Kentucky College of Dentistry

Dr. John W. Reinhardt
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry

Dr. Karl Self
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Dr. Timothy J. Treat
Indiana University School of Dentistry

Dr. Harold Tu
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

ADEA Honorary Membership

Dr. Joseph P. Crowley
American Dental Association



Attendees Invited to Challenge Their Assumptions About the Future

Opening Plenary

Mike Walsh

“When we think of the future, we tend to always look at technology, when we should spend more of our time looking at people,” says Mike Walsh. “The future of 2030 is really about people.”

Mr. Walsh, a “futurist” and CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing business for the 21st century, presented Opening Plenary address, “Vision 2030: Human Scale Innovation,” on Sunday morning (sponsored by the ADEA Corporate Council). Mr. Walsh takes an anthropologic approach to business, scanning the near horizon for emerging technologies and disruptive shifts in human behavior, which he then translates into pragmatic plans for business transformation.

Mr. Walsh posed three questions for the audience to ponder. First, what will the next generation of students expect from you? The Millennials or Generation Y are not as important to the future as they once were. When we think about 2030, we get the most terrifying generation—eight-year-olds! Why is this generation so profoundly different? They are growing up with artificial intelligence, data and algorithms that anticipate their needs. They will be faster, smarter and more demanding of personalized, authentic, data-drive heath care experiences. That is a wake up call for everyone in the oral health ecosystem to re-invent, re-imagine and redesign.

Second, how will technology change the way you work? Technology is becoming more personal. Children today are growing up with technology. They talk to their toys. Their questions are answered by Siri and Google. Faces are becoming our universal passwords. Technology may transform how you educate, how the dental practice is run. But culture is your operating system that will allow all of your faculty and students to thrive. 

How do you design your organization for success in 2030? Educators need to think about the kinds of people they will bring onto their teams—they should seek out agile thinkers, reimagine what they define as work, and use data to hack their cultures. Diverse collaboration is the key to the future—how we work in teams, how we collaborate with each other. The organization of the future will invest not just in technology, but in its cultural operating system. 

“How easy is it for the next generation of leaders and professionals to share and act on their vision of the future?” Mr. Walsh asks. “All the answers you may need are inside your organization. Question is, are you listening to these people?”

Third, how much smarter will we need to be to survive even smarter machines? How will we interact with devices and the Internet of Things? Devices—such as a WiFi toothbrush—are going to be more embedded in our daily lives and tap into our behaviors. The algorithmic leaders of the future will need to combine a deep understanding of human complexity with a flair for computational thinking. Leaders will need to upgrade their skills to remain relevant and lead the transformation that needs to happen. 

One of the biggest challenges will be to identify the things in your educational institution that you need to spend more time thinking about, and identifying the things you should step away from. “Everything that has made you successful until now may be exactly what kills you in the future,” Mr. Walsh cautions.

Mr. Walsh advises that organizations become familiar with this new world of data. They should look at ways they can build data into the curriculum, programs and organizational design. The more institutions can start to become accustomed to a data-driven world of making decisions, the more comfortable they will be in this new age of automation that is coming. 

“The future is not an upgrade of the present, it’s an invitation for all of us to think in entirely new ways,” Mr. Walsh says. “Think big. Think new. But most of all, think quick. There is one thing I can tell you—the future is now.”

Vision 2020: Oral Health Education

Educational Session

Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors' Symposium

“Dental education today is strong,” says Leon Assael, D.M.D., CMM, Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors. Dr. Assael provided the opening remarks at the Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors Symposium, “Vision 2030: Oral Health Education. Do we have a strong economic future? Do we need more dentists? 

“We don’t have a sufficient demand to take care of the oral diseases that are there,” he continues. “There is a decrease in the number of practicing dentists. By 2030, there will be 54 practicing dentists per 100,000 people. Today it’s 64 per 100,000 people.”

Dr. Assael then gave a presentation that included statistics about oral diseases, dental practice and dental education today. He provided information about oral health care delivery and dental education of tomorrow, including community-based education models and systems-based practice. Finally, he concluded with a discussion about the key elements of change, including collaborative interprofessional practice, integrated payment systems, value-based payment systems, reducing the unit cost of dental care, integrating oral health into primary care, and integration into key health focus areas.

Next to present was Sophia Saeed, D.M.D., of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry. Dr. Saeed gave her perspective on the sustainability of dental education. There are two main challenges—finances (cost of education, operational costs, faculty salaries and so on) and relevance (technology changes, adapting to learners’ styles). She offered potential solutions of value-based education, creative ways to improve revenue streams, such as looking at companies outside of dental education to see how they innovate. 

Christian Stohler, D.M.D., of Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, discussed professional identity and dental education in 2030. He covered several areas, including the societal pressures in effect, the prevalent disease demographics, scientific emphasis, and the need for next generation leadership. Serious stressors are imposed on dental schools that require fundamental changes in the way we articulate our professional identity. Health care systems are configured for individual diseases, rather than multiple diseases, and will need to be reconfigured. Dental care will need to become part of the larger health system.

Richard Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., provided a reaction to the three speakers. He said that in trying to move to this new future where we have all these changes that can occur in health care and in science, we need to think about the head winds and tail winds that will hinder or help our progress. An important tail wind that dental education has is the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education (ADEA CCI) 2.0. The tail wind has to come from the dental education community, and CCI 2.0 is that tail wind.

Denise Kassebaum, D.D.S., M.S., of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, next presented, expanding on the concept of ADEA CCI 2.0 and how it can be used as a resource to help dental schools learn from each other. 

Following Dr. Kassebaum’s presentation, the speakers then discussed how to increase faculty engagement and encourage innovation on all levels at all faculty levels. Next, audience members lined up and provided comments and asked questions of the panelists.

More information and the slide presentation can be found on the online program planner.

Critical Thinking and a Broader Education Result From Development of Grand Rounds at SUI SDM

Educational Session 

The development of a Grand Rounds program comes with challenges across all stakeholders but can be a great benefit in the education of a dental student. Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) developed and implemented Grand Rounds as a pass/fail course that spans all four years of a student’s education. 

Grand Rounds are an important teaching tool, with roots in medical education. Typically, a case is presented to an audience of students, residents and faculty, with questions and answers addressed and a treatment plan shared. The participation in Grand Rounds has many advantages, including the enhancement of clinical reasoning skills and allowing students and faculty keep up to date and learn about specialties which may be outside of their own. The benefit is shared across the entire community. 

The team at SIU SDM developed a Grand Rounds program that initially tackled 16 different topics across 48 teams. Each team had four groups comprised of one student from each year. Faculty are also crucial to the course, serving as facilitators and evaluators through the course of the program. 

The course was set up in BlackBoard, allowing students and faculty quick access to resources, announcements and deadlines. Four separate BlackBoard shells were loaded with a syllabus, evaluation rubric and other files to facilitate case preparation. One BlackBoard organization was set up for all groups with announcements, schedules, discussions, question submissions, a PowerPoint template and accountability deadlines. 

HIPAA standards were kept at the forefront during development of Grand Rounds at SIU SDM, and repeatedly throughout the course. Since patients were often mined from current patient pools, it was important to redact documentation and medical records, as well as appropriately cover any photographs to protect patients’ identities. 

Students drive this course. Each team consists of a D1, D2, D3 and D4 student, each with varying levels of responsibility depending on their year. The course starts in the fall with the assignment of a topic and a deadline to complete the presentation. During the course of case preparation, students examine a case from their patient pool; track the progress of the patient; review educational resources; utilize PICO to examine the evidence and outcomes; and address the basic science elements of the case. Faculty serve as advisors along the way, and at the case presentation facilitate the proceedings and evaluate performance. 

While there are many benefits, there are challenges that come along with such an ambitious program. Topics can get tired, patient pools may be limited, schedules are tight and administrative issues can be potential landmines during the course of the program. 

SIU SDM has made modifications to the program to address issues that came up during the first year of the program. They eliminated the 16 topic format, expanded the presentations to four per week from the original two per week and switched the groups to align with the Patient Management Group for consistency of schedule and to fill the void of treatment plans not being discussed. Rubrics were reduced in length as some were long for a pass/fail class. Work was redistributed across the team leaders, administration and medical librarian to accommodate the structure of their small school. 

The team at SIU SDM is looking to the future with potential changes as the program develops. These include a shift to a graded course instead of pass/fail, information management and evident-based component to senior case presentations. 


Exhibitor Update

Elite Health Medical (New Exhibitor)
Booth 402
Contact: Alfonzo Mendez

In-app Exclusive: Play ADEA Quest Today in the Exhibit Hall!

No more stamps. No more cards. The 2018 ADEA Annual Session Exhibit Hall raffle has gone MOBILE! Play ADEA Quest—a FUN, interactive and informative game taking place now in the Exhibit Hall. While onsite, select the “ADEA Quest” icon in the ADEA Live app, visit with our exhibitors and rack up points. In keeping with this year's VISION 2030 theme, attendees who accumulate 2,030 points will qualify for a chance to win fabulous prizes

Winners will be announced on the in-app Leader Board and prizes will be drawn live from the ADEA Showcase, Booth #705 in the Exhibit Hall, at 1:30 p.m. today. You must be present in the Exhibit Hall to win. 

Track your points and get started now. Good luck!

Elevate Your Voice on Social Media at Booth 701!

Social Media Lab

The #ADEA2018 Social Media Lab, booth 701 in the Exhibit Hall, is your one-stop-shop to improve your online impact. Learn to post and tweet through hands-on instruction, establish or build your social media profile and discover new platforms.

Introducing ADEA eLearn—ADEA’s Latest Resource for Dental Educators

Imagine a virtual hub for faculty development, innovation, and relevant, real-time learning tailored to your needs…it’s coming!

ADEA eLearn has set the stage to become dental education’s most robust, relevant and reliable resource for online learning. Take advantage of bimonthly webinars and resources available at today—all from the convenience of your laptop, tablet or mobile device. 

Explore the best online learning experience that you can envision here at #ADEA2018 at booth #705 in the Exhibit Hall!

Office Hours

From noon to 2:00 p.m. at the ADEA Showcase, Booth 705, Marita Inglehart, Dipl.Psych., Dr.phil., Dr.phil.habil., Associate Editor, will be on hand to answer questions and discuss topics related to publishing in the JDE

Still Time to Participate in ADEA TouchPollTM Surveys and Win Great Prizes!

Take a minute to let ADEA hear your voice and be entered in a drawing to win prizes! Look for TouchPoll surveys (i.e., people with tablets) throughout the meeting and near Booth 705 in the Exhibit Hall. Survey questions change all the time, so participate often! You will also be entered into drawings to win great prizes—such as Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot, Tile Key Finder, and Apple AirPods—as well as a chance to win the Grand Prize!

Prizes will be drawn during the Exhibit Hall raffle today at 1:30 p.m. (must be present to win):

Congratulations to the Saturday and Sunday TouchPoll prize winners:


  • Alexander McClure, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine—Amazon Echo
  • Constance Reed, Hillsborough Community College—Amazon Echo DOT
  • Bano Ali, Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine—Tile Key Finder


  • Terri Hanger, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health—Tile Key Finder
  • Hubert Chan, Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine—Amazon Echo Dot
  • James Posluns, University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry—Amazon Echo
  • Lynda Torre, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine—AirPods

NOTE: If you won a prize but haven’t picked it up, please ask for Donna Casimier, ADEA Meetings Manager, in the Exhibit Hall.

Don’t Miss These Events!

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Political Spotlight—What
Does It All Mean?, Exhibit Hall D

10:30 a.m. – noon
Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors Symposium—Vision 2030: The Impact of Technology and Scientific Discovery on Dental Education
, Sun Ballroom D

Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Journal of Dental Education Office Hours—
Stop by the ADEA Showcase, Booth 705 in Exhibit Hall E&F, during “JDE Office Hours” with your questions about publishing in the JDE:

  • Dr. Marita Inglehart, JDE Associate Editor

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors Symposium—Vision 2030: The World of Oral Health and Practice
, Sun Ballroom D

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
2018 William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement Gala,
Ticketed Event, Osceola Ballroom C&D


10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Closing Plenary—Vision 2030: Unlocking the Strategies for a Workplace That Thrives, Exhibit Hall D. Sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Strategies for Success: Submitting a Poster or Program for the 2019 ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition, Sanibel Room.
Room: LBCC-102C

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Closing Session of the ADEA House of Delegates, Exhibit Hall D


The ADEA 2017 Annual Report Is Now Available Online

Exhibit Hall

The Exhibit Hall is open from 9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. today. A complimentary lunch will be provided from noon to 1:00 p.m. The raffle will happen at 1:00 p.m.; you must be present to win. 

Get Your Free Professional Headshot

Get your professional headshot between 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. today at the ADEA Showcase, Booth 705, in the Exhibit Hall.

ADEA TechExpo

From 9:45 – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 – 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 2018 issue of the Journal of Dental Education.

ADEA Poster Presentations

Poster presentations will be given from 10:00 a.m. –noon in the Exhibit Hall. Poster presentation abstracts are published in the February 2018 issue of the Journal of Dental Education.

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 4:30 p.m. The ADEA HOD Booth is located in the City Hall Lobby of the Gaylord Convention Center. 

Continuing Education Credits

Gain CE credits by evaluating the sessions you attend today using the mobile app or by logging into the program planner