Session Daily: Sunday, March 18


Attendees Envision Careers in Dentistry at the ADEA GoDental Recruitment Event

2018 ADEA GoDental Recruitment Event

As ADEA members imagine the future of academic dentistry at the 2018 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, predental students filled the ADEA GoDental® Recruitment Event as they contemplated their future in dentistry and as dental professionals. Nearly 600 attendees came together in Orlando to hear from admissions officers, financial aid advisors and dental educators about the intensive process of applying to dental school. 

This popular event, in its ninth year, is geared toward high school, community college and four-year college students, as well as others interested in dentistry. It allows attendees to network with others who are considering careers in dentistry and to learn more about applying to dental school from admissions officers.

“The ADEA GoDental Recruitment Event offers aspiring dentists a unique opportunity to engage admissions officers from 50 U.S. dental schools at one time, in one location,” says Elizabeth Johnson, Director of Recruitment for ADEA Application Services, and Co-organizer of the event. “Attendees have a chance to learn valuable tips on becoming a successful dental school applicant and network with peers.”

Leon Assael, D.M.D., Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors and Director and Professor of Community Based Education and Practice at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry, welcomed attendees with inspiring words about his path to the dental profession. He stressed that this is a journey, and that the future of the profession was right here in this room. “This whole meeting is about you. Our theme is Vision 2030, which is the future of dental education. You will be the new practitioners of 2030. I’ve had a gratifying career, and I hope you will have a great career in dentistry.”  

GDRE Mock InterviewA mock dental school interview and panel discussion provided dental school applicants insight into how a dental school admissions interview may unfold. Panelists dissected the questions and answers from the mock interview, sharing what an admissions team will look for during an interview and answered questions from participants. 

Attendees were reminded that the interview is by invitation only. The advisors told the attendees that they should come prepared. Receiving an invite means the school is really interested in them as candidate and they should not waste the opportunity to share why they want to enter dental school and what makes them passionate about the profession. The interview day can include campus and classroom tours, presentations on financial aid and networking opportunities with faculty and students during meals and events. 

Panelists from several dental schools shared key takeaways about the admissions process:

  • Be ready to answer questions about information on your application.
  • Get involved in shadowing—it is key to learning what dental school is all about. Dental school is a major investment in the future. You should take the opportunity to observe a dentist or specialist at work so you understand what it takes to complete dental school and be a successful practitioner. You should also learn about the business side of dentistry so you understand the basics of running a practice.
  • Use dental terminology when describing your experiences in shadowing to show you are engaged and invested in entering the dental profession.
  • Engage in community service, which is an important component of your education and experience, and demonstrates a well-rounded student.
  • Disclose any legal or conduct issues up front. Share what you have learned from that experience and how it has shaped your path.
  • Explain your DAT scores and grades if they are not optimal and outline strategies that will allow you to successfully tackle the tough dental school curriculum.
  • Highlight your hobbies, which are important as they often translate to dentistry. Like pottery or sculpture? These are translatable to hand work skills necessary in the profession.
  • Understand that GPA and DAT scores are important, but they are one part of a holistic review of applications. Overall and science GPA are often considered separately. Biological science knowledge is important for success in dental school. Understanding these sciences is a predictor of success in the first and second years of dental school. Reading comprehension is also key since complex text is a large component of the education.
  • Emphasize your leadership, teamwork and experiences. Involvement with athletics, clubs, the military and your local predental society will help to distinguish you from other applicants. Be engaged! The breadth and depth of your experiences will show your passion for dentistry.
  • Obtain letters of evaluation from faculty who are familiar with you and your journey. Provide them with your CV in advance so the admissions staff have a clear idea of your path, and why you want to be a dentist.
  • Proof your application! Have someone else review all components of your application for errors and omissions. 

For the fourth consecutive year, the U.S. News & World Report listed professions in dentistry among its top 100 jobs. As you prepare your application to enter this competitive and rewarding career, be prepared, and be ready to explain your experiences and share your passion for this amazing profession. 



First-time Attendees Find Their Tribes

Find Your Tribe session

Over 135 first-time attendees, almost double the number of attendees from last year, gathered for the Find Your Tribe event on Saturday. They were joined by almost 20 volunteers in the “Army of Connectors,” veteran attendees of the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition. The session opened with an ice breaker exercise, where the first-timers each talked to five other first-timers to find out their goals for attending the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition. They then identified one person they could assist with achieving his or her goal.

Another highlight was a visit from R. Lamont (Monty) MacNeil, D.D.S., M.D.S., Chair-elect of the ADEA Board of Directors. Dr. MacNeil will being his tenure as Chair at the closing of the ADEA House of Delegates on Tuesday, March 20.

Nisha Ganesh, D.D.S., of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD), was instrumental in organizing the event, and served as emcee. Attendees also heard the personal experiences of two former ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition first-timers, Christina Platia, D.D.S., also of UMSOD, and Francesca Velardi, of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Stephenie Brooks-Maynard, ADEA Director of Membership, provided an overview of ADEA member benefits.

Dr. Valachovic Gives Annual Report to the House of Delegates

Dr. Valachovic's Speech at the Opening of the 2018 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 2017 ADEA Annual Report is exclusively online—go to and see what ADEA’s been doing for the past year!


Exhibitor Update

Colgate-Palmolive Company (ADEA Corporate Member)
Booth 402
Contact: Colleen Higgins

Drexel University (New Exhibitor)
Booth 528
Contact: Brian Kall

Dental Education Laboratories (New Exhibitor)
Booth 426
Contact: Katie Dettamanti

Dental Equipment Liquidators, Inc. (New Exhibitor)
Booth 400
Contact: Lora Beth Corsones

Special Care Dentistry Association (SCDA)
Booth 408
Contact: Beth Weinstein

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. Eastern Time on Sunday Mar. 18 and 1:00 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 19. 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!

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!

JDE Office Hours

From noon to 2:00 p.m. at the ADEA Showcase, Booth 705, 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.

New This Year: Participate in ADEA TouchPollTM Surveys

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

Prizes will be drawn during the Exhibit Hall raffles (must be present to win):

  • Sunday, March 18, 1:30 p.m.
  • Monday, March 19, 1:00 p.m.

2018 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition Grand Prize Drawing

  • Sunday, March 18 at 1:30 p.m.

Our 2018 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition grand prize winner will enjoy:

  • One complimentary registration for the 2019 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Chicago ($720 value).
  • One roundtrip airfare to #ADEA2019 up to $500*.
  • Three complimentary nights at the Hyatt Regency Chicago—the #ADEA2019 headquarters hotel.**

*Booked via ADEA’s preferred travel provider. **Room and tax only, no incidentals.

Don't Miss These Events!

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Opening Plenary— Vision 2030: Human Scale Innovation, Exhibit Hall D
Awards Ceremony and Opening Plenary

10:30 a.m. – noon
ADEA Chair of the Board Symposium—Vision 2030: Oral Health Education
, Sun Ballroom D

Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open, Exhibit Hall E&F. 

12:15 – 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:

  • 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.—Dr. Nadeem Karimbux, JDE Editor
  • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.—Dr. Lynn Whittaker, JDE Executive Managing Editor

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Publishing Your Qualitative Research in the Journal of Dental Education: When, What, How
, Osceola Ballroom 3&4

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
We Want You! Reviewing Annual Session Program Submissions
, Sun Ballroom D

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
“In the Mix” Series: Inclusion, Excellence and Dental Education
, Sun Ballroom B (Ticketed Event)


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


The ADEA 2017 Annual Report Is Now Available Online

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 19 at the ADEA Showcase, Booth #705, in the Exhibit Hall.

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 2018 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 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 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The ADEA HOD Booth is located in the City Hall Lobby of the Gaylord Convention Center. (If you’re arriving today, please be sure to pick up your registration materials first.) 

Continuing Education Credits

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