2011, the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) standards have obligated
dental schools to graduate students who demonstrate “professional values and
capacities associated with self-directed, lifelong learning.”
all of our schools strive to achieve this goal, cultivating students who will
make a habit of self-directed learning, question the status quo and stay
abreast of the latest evidence, is still a work in progress. And it’s not just
a matter of encouraging our graduates to stay active as learners. Practicing
dentists and even some faculty can find it challenging to remain current and
fully engaged in questioning what they may have learned decades earlier. Fortunately,
we have colleagues who have devoted themselves to the pursuit of encouraging
lifelong learning and are willing to share what they have learned.
this issue’s Guest Perspective, Prof. William D. (Bill) Hendricson summarizes the
challenges of educating students to be skeptical and reflective thinkers, and he
shares four ideas for enhancing students’ readiness to remain active learners
after graduation. In our Campus Spotlight, we visit the University
of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine (Pitt SDM), where a variety of
initiatives encourage predoctoral students to make a habit of self-directed
learning. Finally, our Educator Spotlight introduces us to Dr. Maureen McAndrew,
who has developed a number of programs and other tools to help clinical dental
faculty regularly refresh their knowledge and skills.
going on at your institution? Please use the comment boxes at the end of each
article to pose questions or share your experience.
Palatta, D.D.S., Ed.D., ADEA Chief Learning Officer
2017 ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental
Education (ADEA CCI) Liaisons Summer Meeting, June 6–8, 2017, Baltimore, MD
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental
New York University College of Dentistry
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