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2023 ADEE Meeting Offers Learning and Networking Opportunities for ADEA Members

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By LaShell Stratton-Childers, ADEA Senior Editor

Working together across international borders to help reach World Health Organization (WHO) oral health objectives and share ideas that can be implemented at dental educational institutions in both the United States and Europe were some of the major objectives for the 20 ADEA members who attended the 2023 Annual Meeting of the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom.

“It was thrilling to experience the reception and presence of ADEA on a global platform during the ADEE Annual Meeting,” said Karen P. West, D.M.D., M.P.H., ADEA President and CEO. “Through the exchange of new ideas and best practices, collectively we are working together to advance oral health education and we plan to continue discussions of collaborations at the ADEA and IWLC meetings.”

“It is always a pleasure to have our ADEA colleagues with us at ADEE,” said Denis Murphy, M.B.A., M.Sc., D.Gov., PGCPSE, ADEE Chief Administrative Officer. “This has been a long-standing tradition for many years, and we try where possible to have discussions at both a formal and informal level. The regular exchange of ideas from not only an educational system level but also an association level is most useful, and it is reassuring to see such a large contingent from ADEA attend in 2023. Both organizations very much appreciate the important knowledge and context sharing that is in the best interest of all our institutional members.”

In addition to networking and attending sessions, some ADEA members presented at the conference, including poster presentations.

Dr. West co-presented a seminar on interprofessional education in the United States, along with Nader A. Nadershahi, D.D.S., M.B.A., Ed.D., Immediate Past ADEA Chair of the Board and Dean of the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (Dugoni School), and Jeffery Stewart, D.D.S., M.S., ADEA Parliamentarian/ADEA Staff Ombuds. The presentation highlighted the creation of a new, innovative clinical and academic facility at the Dugoni School that was designed to provide comprehensive primary health care services to the public, while providing an integrated clinical learning environment for students to obtain collaborative care experiences. This seminar was later acknowledged as a promising approach during a subsequent plenary session.

“It is important to network with our dental education colleagues in Europe and globally since we share many of the same issues and challenges,” said Dr. Stewart, speaking of his experience at the 2023 ADEE Meeting. “The opportunity to learn how they think about and attempt to address these challenges in dental education provide us with the ability to view them with different perspectives and lenses that we, in the U.S., may not otherwise consider. Also, the opportunity to share our educational initiatives, such as [the Interprofessional Education Collaborative], with our global colleagues provides them with information and approaches that may benefit their dental education programs. The more we collaborate on a global level, the greater impact we can have on dental education and oral health worldwide,” Dr. Stewart said.

Not only did ADEA members learn and share at the meeting, they also created new opportunities for collaboration in the future.

“We had the opportunity to meet with the ADEE leadership, and the International Schein Management group dedicated to sustainable approaches to help mitigate our [carbon] footprint and negative impact on climate,” said Ana N. López-Fuentes, D.M.D., M.P.H., ADEA Chair of the Board and Former Dean and Professor of University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine. “They presented us with the initiative of recognizing students and schools/programs with efforts to prevent more climate change by lowering the C footprint. We thought it would be a great idea to start a similar event in our annual session. We can start on a small scale, recognizing those programs out there by incentivizing others to join in the efforts.”

Dr. Lopez said they also “met with leaders from different countries (IFDEA), to work on common interests and to establish opportunities for collaboration. ADEA will schedule a meeting to continue the discussions in 2024.”

Published on October 11, 2023

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