Monday, March 18 Session Daily


 ADEA Recognizes Individuals for Exceptional Service to Dental Education


The Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors, Monty MacNeil, D.D.S., M.Dent.Sc., awarded Chair of the ADEA Board of Director’s Citations to 13 individuals who have demonstrated exceptional service to ADEA and the dental education community. Dr. MacNeil presented the awards Sunday morning during the ADEA Opening Ceremony with Awards and Plenary Session.

In addition, James J. Koelbl, D.D.S., M.S., M.J., Vice Provost for Oral Health Initiatives, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, 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.

“This is a tremendous honor for me, it almost renders me speechless. Key word being ‘almost,’” Dr. Koelbl said. “None of us accomplish anything on our own. I’ve never taken for granted working in education; every individual can make a profound difference in people’s lives by simply showing up. Every person’s contribution counts.”

Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors Citations:

Dr. Paul J. Allison, McGill University Faculty of Dentistry

Dr. Cecile A. Feldman, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Steven W. Friedrichsen, Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine

Mr. George E. Haddad, Liaison International, Inc.

Dr. Daniel A. Haas, University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry

Dr. Bruno C. Jham, Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois

Dr. Denise K. Kassebaum, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Steven M. Lepowsky, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine

Mr. Denis Murphy, Association for Dental Education in Europe

Dr. Marsha A. Pyle, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Dentistry

Dr. Leo E. Rouse, ADEA

Dr. Denice C.L. Stewart, ADEA

Dr. Richard W. Valachovic, ADEA 

In addition, Dr. MacNeil announced that for the first time ever, an ADEA Annual Session will be held in Canada. The 2022 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition will be held in Montréal, March 17–22, 2022, at the Palais des congrès de Montréal Convention and Exhibit Centre.



Opening Plenary: Attendees Learn How to be Better Collaborators


”What does it take to come up with the creative breakthrough that changes everything?” asked Tim Sanders. “What does it take to solve all the big problems that come with the creative idea?”

Mr. Sanders, former Chief Solutions Officer at Yahoo and author of Love is the Killer App, presented Opening Plenary address, “Why Collaboration Changes Everything,” on Sunday morning (sponsored by the ADEA Corporate Council). Mr. Sanders shared his poignant thoughts about how we need to do more collaborating across a company’s fault lines and how to execute his innovative strategy.

Mr. Sanders said that he received answers to his questions years ago, in a chance conversation with Pixar Animation Studios founder Ed Catmull. Mr. Catmull told him that his VP of Pixar’s creative had a breakthrough idea—to pivot Pixar from making hardware and software to making movies. His idea was based on the wild success of a short film Pixar had developed for a trade show. The idea was to expand it into the first full-length film made completely inside a computer: Toy Story.

However, according to Mr. Catmull, that idea was trouble from the start. There were technology problems—rendering, for example, wasn’t that advanced. The estimate for rendering the film was that it would take years. They also wanted to make the film human, and it got bogged down in storytelling. And, nine months into the project, when costs were mounting, their distribution partner pulled out and shut the movie down. 

Mr. Catmull went on to tell Mr. Sanders that when the Pixar staff returned to the office, they were committed to saving the movie. They realized they were acting like a siloed organization, and they needed more diversity around the table. So he created “The Brain Trust.” Mr. Catmull assembled a diverse group—engineers, animators, novelists, psychologists—and together they got the movie back on track. 

The rest is history. Pixar made the change and became a dominant player in the film industry. But one thing in particular that Mr. Catmull said really struck and inspired Mr. Sanders: 

Toy Story was a thousand problems solved.

Every challenge we face is not just about a big idea, it’s about problem-solving. Rapid problem-solving is the only sustainable advantage we develop in the workplace. Mr. Sanders has been studying collaboration for several years. What he has learned is that when collaboration is done right, three things happen:

  1. You are more likely to unearth creative solutions, especially when you work from the edges of your own organization.
  2. You rapidly accelerate problem-solving. As you collaborate, more people provide more solutions quickly.
  3. Through real collaboration, you improve the quality of the ideas you bring to the table. When people work together from all parts of the organization, they see the blind spots.

How widely do you collaborate? Leaders often overestimate the amount of collaboration. Also, it’s worth noting that cooperation and collaboration are not the same thing—cooperation is often mistaken for collaboration. You’re asked to do something, but it’s their project; once it’s done you’re out. When you collaborate, you share the risks and you get the best out of people when you bring them to the table.

Mr. Sanders went on to present several case studies that provided examples of effective collaboration, where a diverse group of people in organizations came together to improve processes or patient experiences. One of the lessons learned is that specialization is the driver—a generalist can’t capture it all. 

And the “secret sauce” to collaboration is “four”—the number of people needed to create the right team for collaboration. When you put in four perspectives, 80% of the time they walk out with the next play and the commitment to work. 

Mr. Sanders also stressed the importance of process. Without the right process, a collaboration can become a big mess. No matter how much the team members have the spirit of collaboration, without the right process it doesn’t work. 

Mr. Sanders presented a seven-step process, the Solution Storm Process, which is available in his ebook, posted in the ADEA Live mobile app and available for meeting attendees to download. 

Mr. Sanders offered a few parting points to keep in mind: Determine the strategic importance of the challenge, determine who has a stake in the outcome, who has expertise, and who has a stake in the outcome that is never at the table. Also, collaboration is best done face to face, or via video. Collaborations break down when they occur over email or conference calls. Video establishes rapport. 

Talk about solutions—in the beginning, be open to anyone’s ideas. Test the assumptions behind the ideas. Look to combine ideas, rank them, and pick the next play. By focusing on the next play, you can solve the next problem.

And finally, assume that the people you’re collaborating with have the best intentions. This will make you a better collaborator.

Mr. Sanders encouraged attendees to start spinning their collaborative webs, starting right here at the meeting. Meet people, ask them what they are working on and look for opportunities to do favors. If we feed the favor economy we will develop a network of people to collaborate with. 

Educational Sessions:

Using Community Opportunities to Build Interprofessionalism

Community-based clinical experiences are ubiquitous across dental schools, but the experiences offered differ by institution. These clinical experiences provide students with varied opportunities to contribute to and learn from collaborative care. The right opportunities provide students an opportunity to immerse themselves in interprofessional care and gain exposure to new populations. 

Students in the Boston area are afforded interesting interprofessional opportunities to round out their education and experiences. Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Harvard Medical School provided the option to participate in collaborations with Massachusetts General Hospital, the Nashua Street Jail and the Rosebud Service Unit in South Dakota. 

One of the most unique collaborations offered is housed at a jail in Boston. The Crimson Care Collaborative provides primary care services in the greater Boston area through seven clinical sites. The clinic at the Nashua Street Jail, the only student clinic located in a jail, features a full dental team consisting of preclinical and clinical dental students deal with urgent care situations. Psychiatric, dental and medical care are integrated at the clinic, with many teaching moments between the professions. Patients receive comprehensive dental care that is first triaged by the jail’s health system. Students receive unique training in treating a population that has many critical health issues.

These partnerships have been successful but required much work to build. In looking at how to create a program, it is recommended to consider options that integrate aspects of other health professions. For example, dental students providing smoking cessation counseling, or medical students assessing a patient’s access to dental care. Striking that balance is a challenge, but with more interprofessional collaborations it is becoming more widespread. 

Think about the potential for skill-sharing with other health professions, and if these collaborations provide teaching opportunities. Students are often empowered to influence and shape these programs as well. Leverage students as teachers and developers of curricular content. Determine the interprofessional champions in your institution and community, using them as assets to reach your IPE goals. 

Students crave and value these learning experiences. While there are challenges to overcome in working with external entities, scheduling, cultural differences and leadership buy in, the value in pursuing community-based IPE collaboration is immeasurable to students and the community. 

Case-based Learning Modules Offer a Collaborative Approach for Interprofessional Curricula

The opioid crisis in America is widespread and touches all of the health professions. In response to the challenges they face, the University of Pittsburgh Center of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPE) is creating eight case-based learning modules on pain management. Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, CoEPE is in the fourth year of a five-year federal contract to develop interactive virtual cases in pain education. Five health sciences schools are involved in development, implementation and assessment of these modules. 

Each module produced takes one hour for a student to complete and they are available online only. An interprofessional team with faculty from different health sciences schools create a case. Objectives for the course are set forth at the beginning, and the instructional materials are a combination of PowerPoint slides and video vignettes. There is an assessment at the completion of the module to evaluate what the students have learned. 

Materials are developed then reviewed by other colleagues and input is requested from their perspective, what would be best for their learning. A recording session usually takes place over two days, with standardized patients acting out the case. The team actively searches out the right group for the dissemination of these modules in the health sciences schools. They monitor where the module is placed, how many students have been exposed to the case and where they are in their programs. 

Using Blackboard to push out the modules, scenarios are scripted to provide interdisciplinary learning in common scenarios, identify the role of various departments when treating the case patient, review medical history, identify paths for treatment. Target audiences and profession-specific objectives are outlined, and which year would benefit from each module. Students have completed the modules in both classroom settings and on their own in a homework assignment. Supplemental materials and resources from various perspectives are also shared as additional learning opportunities. 

Outcomes show that students learned from the pre-test versus final evaluation. Overwhelmingly, positive feedback was shared by learners, with many sharing additional open-ended feedback. 

Creation of these modules is a complex process. It involves collaboration and buy-in among students, faculty, other health professions schools and school leadership. The modules have proven to be effective teaching tools, appreciated by the various participants. While these modules are currently siloed, the goal is to bring the professions together for additional discussions across disciplines to further interprofessional collaboration. 

Dr. Assael and Chris Carr

Dr. Leon Assael, Immediate Past Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors, and Chris Carr, ADEA Chief Financial Officer, conduct the first Question and Answer Session on ADEA’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget. 


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

Participate in ADEA Quest —a FUN, interactive and informative in-app game during #ADEA2019! While onsite, select the “ADEA Quest” icon in the ADEA Live app to get started. Visit with participating exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall to unlock a series of in-app questions by scanning each booth's unique QR code. Accumulate 2,019 points to qualify for a chance to win fabulous prizes. 

Winners will be announced on the in-app Leader Board and the next prizes will be drawn live from the ADEA Showcase, Booth #1119 in the Exhibit Hall, at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18. 

Track your points and get started now. Good luck!

Last Day of the ADEA Headshot Café—Get Your Free Headshot!

Get your FREE professional headshot during #ADEA2019! Thanks to LinkedIn and Facebook, everyone has a public face. Make your first impression a powerful one with the ADEA Headshot Café. Visit the ADEA Showcase, Booth 1119 in the Exhibit Hall today from 10:00 a.m. – noon and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. to get your free headshot. Our onsite photographer and makeup artists are there to help you put your best face forward!

Quick tips to prepare for your headshot—wear neutrals, stay away from patterns, keep accessories simple, relax and smile. 

#ADEA2019: Enhance Your Professional Digital Identity With the ADEA Social Media + Digital Tools Lab 

Did you miss yesterday’s Social Media + Digital Tools Lab “Master LinkedIn” session? Catch the replay today in Booth 1103 in the Exhibit Hall from 9:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.! Review your online profile with an expert, schedule a one-on-one session, learn how to build your personal website and enhance your academic digital profile! Get tips and tricks from our onsite experts. Specific session times and descriptions are available in the mobile app.

10:45 – 11:05 a.m.
Back by popular demand
: 280 Characters or Less: Using Twitter to Tell a Dental School’s Story

Dean John Valenza, D.D.S., is providing an encore session about his journey using Twitter and social media to tell the story of the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston (UTSD). He will discuss how he engages with faculty and students to use his platform to provide a digital voice about what is happening at UTSD.

Participate in 20-minute sessions available throughout the day. Today’s topics include:

10:00 – 10:20 a.m.      Using Social Media as a Dental Professional

10:45 – 11:05 a.m.      280 Characters or Less: Using Twitter to Tell a Dental School’s Story

11:30 – 11:50 a.m.      Master LinkedIn to Build Your Professional Brand

12:30 – 12:50 p.m.      Improve Your Professional Brand on Social Media

1:15 – 1:35 p.m.          From 0 to 100: Building Your Professional Website

2:15 – 2:35 p.m.          Livestreaming Bootcamp

Smile Big, Win Big! 

Join in on the fun at the ADEA 2019 Social Media + Digital Tools Lab by entering our #ADEA2019 Selfie Contest. EVERY DAY during the Exhibit Hall hours, a random winner will be chosen at 2:45 p.m. and notified via direct message.

Sound like fun? Snap a selfie and join in!

Here is how to enter:

  • Stop by the ADEA 2019 Social Media + Digital Tools Lab, booth 1103.
  • Snap a photo at the selfie wall and show off your killer grin.
  • Post your selfie on your Twitter, Facebook or Instagram Public profile using the hashtags #ADEA2019 and #ADEASMLab.
  • Multiple selfies/entries are allowed and encouraged!

Each winner will receive a surprise techy gift!

Office Hours

Today, March 18, from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the ADEA Showcase, Booth 1119, Dr. Marita Inglehart, JDE Associate Editor, will be on hand to answer questions and discuss topics related to publishing in the JDE

Don’t Miss These Events Today!

8:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Plenary—The Valachovic Festschrift Symposium: Virtue & Dental Education

Grand Ballroom C-F, East Tower, Ballroom Level

10:30 a.m. – noon
Chair of the ADEA Board of Director's Symposium—From Classroom to Boardroom: Transforming Health Systems Through Integration

Regency A-B, West Tower, Ballroom Level 

Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Journal of Dental Education
Office HoursDr. Marita Inglehart, JDE Associate Editor
Stop by the ADEA Showcase, Booth 1119 in the Exhibit Hall, during “JDE Office Hours” with your questions about publishing in the JDE.

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Chair of the ADEA Board of Director's Symposium—Revisiting Assessment Through Collaboration: A Call to Action for Change

Regency A-B, West Tower, Ballroom Level

6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
2019 William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement Gala,
Ticketed Event
Grand Ballroom C-F, East Tower, Ballroom Level


Don’t Miss These Events Tomorrow!

10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Closing Plenary—Large-scale Online Collaboration

Grand Ballroom C-F, East Tower, Ballroom Level

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
ADEA House of Delegates Closing Session
Grand Ballroom, East Tower, Ballroom Level


View the 2019-2022 ADEA Strategic Directions

The 2018 ADEA 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. ADEA Quest winners will be announced on the in-app Leader Board and prizes will be drawn live from the ADEA Showcase, Booth 1119 at 1:00 p.m.—you must be present to win. 

ADEA TechExpo

From 10:00 a.m. – noon see the latest technology applications developed specifically for dental education by your colleagues at the ADEA TechExpo (located in the Exhibit Hall, Riverside, East Tower, Exhibit Level). ADEA TechExpo abstracts are published in the February 2019 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, Riverside, East Tower, Exhibit Level. Poster presentation abstracts are published in the February 2019 issue of the Journal of Dental Education.

Registration Booth 

The registration booth is located in the Grand Foyer, East Tower, Ballroom Level, and is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 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 8:00 a.m. and noon. The ADEA HOD Booth is located in the Grand Foyer, East Tower, Ballroom Level. 

Continuing Education Credits

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