Sunday, March 17 Session Daily


ADEA GoDental® Recruitment Event Encourages Attendees to Pursue a Future in Dentistry

2019 ADEA GoDental Recruitment Event

An overflow crowd marked the beginning of the successful 2019 ADEA GoDental Recruitment Event in Chicago. Nearly 700 aspiring dental school students received tips on application and interview best practices, along with words of encouragement from ADEA leadership. Attendees were welcomed with remarks about the importance of dentistry as part of care for the whole human being.

This popular event offers attendees the opportunity to network with peers who are considering careers in dentistry and to learn more about applying to dental school from admissions officers. “Our annual event provides students interested in dentistry the opportunity to engage with admissions officers from U.S. and Canadian dental schools in one location. Attendees learn what different schools have to offer, and admissions officers share information and practical advice on how to tackle the all-important dental school interview,” remarks Elizabeth Johnson, Director of Recruitment for ADEA Application Services and co-organizer of the event.

Consistently ranked among the top professions in the United States , and Susan Rowan, D.D.S., Executive Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, shared her top reasons why dentistry is an exciting path to pursue. Dentistry provides employment flexibility, from research to academics to owning a dental practice. Engaging with other health professions and providing care for the whole person allows dentists to be on the cutting edge of many advancements in health and medicine.

“The number one reason I think dentistry is a great career is the ability [of dentists] to develop life-long relationships with patients. It is an honor to be able to engage in individuals’ lives, people who trust you with their oral health,” says Dr. Rowan.

Monty MacNeil, D.D.S., M.Dent.Sc., Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors, told attendees that they are going to be part of a different dentistry. “The golden age of dentistry is ahead of us, for some of the reasons you just heard. Because of technology, we can provide care to more people in a more effective way, and we are a larger player of the health care community,” says Dr. MacNeil. “There is no better profession to look at than dental medicine.”

After those encouraging words, attendees witnessed a mock dental school admissions interview. A student was asked a series of questions similar to what they would face in a real interview. The purpose of an admissions interview is to allow admissions officers to match a person with their application, and hear that person share their successes, challenges, and, most importantly, their motivation and passion for studying dentistry. The interview is a chance to shine, and providing honest answers, doing school-specific research in advance and being prepared with questions are sure-fire tips to a successful interview.

Other important information for a successful application and interview process include:

  • Pathway is important when looking at GPA. The overall experience of four years of college is taken into consideration—course load, trends of withdrawals, recovery from a tough term, work load, attendance at graduate school, etc. It’s important to share your entire story.
  • Disclose compromising situations up front and share lessons learned.
  • Each school gives DAT scores different weight. As an example, many schools look closely at reading comprehension as indicator of future performance—how quickly can a student take in information, synthesize it and feed it back to instructors?
  • Dental shadowing is very important. While each school has different recommendations for how much is done, shadowing shows the applicant has a solid grasp of what is involved in the practice of dentistry. Exposure to general dentistry is more important than building up hours shadowing a specialty.
  • Community service via mission projects or local outreach programs is also important to admissions officers. It shows a commitment to community and to the underrepresented members of the community.
  • Create a personal statement that is strong and memorable, yet authentic. The statement allows a student to bring their application to life and share their passion for dentistry.
  • When collecting recommendations, choose people who know you well—whether a professor or a dentist you shadowed.

#GoDental19 attendees were encouraged to pursue their passions and to be fully prepared for a holistic review of their academic career and personal background. Dentistry is the profession of the future, providing many pathways to a successful and varied career. To learn more about the pursuit of dentistry as your chosen profession, visit



Dr. Valachovic Gives Annual Report to the House of Delegates

On Saturday, Richard Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., ADEA President and CEO, gave his last annual address to the ADEA House of Delegates before he retires at the end of June. He provided insights gained over his 22 years of leading the Association. See the March 2019 issue of Charting Progress for a summary of his 10 maxims, mantras and musings.

In addition, you can view the 2019-2022 ADEA Strategic Directions and the 2018 ADEA Annual Report online. 


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 prizes will be drawn live from the ADEA Showcase, Booth #1119 in the Exhibit Hall, at 1:30 p.m. today and 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18. 

The ADEA Headshot Café Is Open for Business!

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 12:30 – 5:00 p.m. and Monday 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 here 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 

Join our experts today at the #ADEA2019 Social Media + Digital Tools Lab, Booth 1103 in the Exhibit Hall, from noon to 5:00 p.m. Attend the “Master LinkedIn” session to learn how to build your professional brand, get help building your own website and learn how to take control of your professional digital identity. Participate in 20-minute sessions available throughout the day. 

Today’s topics include:

Special Session!
12:30 – 12:50 p.m.      280 Characters or Less: Using Twitter to Tell a Dental School’s Story
Join Dean John Valenza, D.D.S., as he describes 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.

1:30 – 1:50 p.m.          Improve Your Professional Brand on Social Media

2:00 – 2:20 p.m.          Master LinkedIn to Build Your Professional Brand

3:40 to 4:00 p.m.         From 0 to 100: Building Your Professional Website

4:15 to 4:35 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 Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to a public profile using the hashtags #ADEA2019 and #ADEASMLab.
  • Multiple selfies/entries are allowed and encouraged!

Each of winner will win a surprise techy gift!

Office Hours

From 12:15 to 2:00 p.m. at the ADEA Showcase, Booth 1119, 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

Don’t Miss These Events Today!

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Opening Plenary—Why Collaboration Changes Everything
Grand Ballroom C-F, East Tower, Ballroom Level

10:30 a.m. – noon
Chair of the ADEA Board of Director’s Symposium—International Collaboration to Advance Dental Education

Regency A-B, West Tower, Ballroom Level

10:30 a.m. – noon
Update on Dental Licensure: The Momentum for Change

Randolph 3, East Tower, Concourse Level
Dental licensure changes are happening across the United States. Leaders from ADEA, the American Dental Association and the American Student Dental Association will present the most recent improvements in the licensure landscape. In addition to reviewing the progress made by the Task Force on Assessment of Readiness for Practice, this session will engage stakeholders in joining the Coalition for the Modernization of Dental Licensure.

10:30 a.m. – noon
Getting Systematic Reviews Published in the JDE: An Introduction

Columbus G-H, East Tower, Ballroom Level

Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open
Riverside, East Tower, Exhibit Level 

12:15 – 2:00 p.m.
Journal of Dental Education
Office Hours—Dr. Nadeem Karimbux, Editor, and Dr. Lynn Whittaker, Executive Managing Editor
Exhibit Hall, Booth 1119

12:30 – 5:00 p.m.
ADEA Headshot Café
Exhibit Hall, Booth 1119

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
ADEA Summer Program for Emerging Academic Leaders Fellows’ Symposium

Columbus E&F, East Tower, Ballroom Level
This session is a culmination of the year-long 2018 ADEA Summer Program for Emerging Academic Leaders. Fellows give 15-minute presentations on the collaborative research they conducted during program. Registration opens soon for the 2019 #emergingleaders program, taking place July 17-20 in Washington, DC. Visit chat with ADEA staff in Booth 1119 for more information. 

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Achieving Excellence Through Difference Plenary Reception

Grand Ballroom A-B, East Tower, Ballroom Level 
Sponsored in part by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Journal of Dental Education
Reviewer Appreciation Reception
Water Tower, West Tower, Concourse Level


Don’t Miss These Events!

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


View the 2019-2022 ADEA Strategic Directions

The 2018 ADEA 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. 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 1:30 p.m.—you must be present to win.

ADEA TechExpo

From 10:00 a.m. to noon, see the latest technology applications developed specifically for dental education by your colleagues at the ADEA TechExpo (located at 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 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 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

Prior to attending any sessions, you must check in at the registration area and pick up your badge and conference materials. The registration booth is located in the Grand Foyer, East Tower, Ballroom Level of the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 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 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The ADEA HOD Booth is located in the Grand Foyer, East Tower, Ballroom Level of the Hyatt Regency Chicago. (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 .