ADEA CCI Liaison Ledger

Spring 2016: Dental Education’s Role in Recognizing and Responding to Domestic Violence

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This issue of the Liaison Ledger explores an area of the dental curriculum that often receives cursory treatment: domestic violence. Research suggests that most survivors of assault show signs of injury to the head and neck—trauma that may bring dental professionals into close contact with a troubling side of their patients’ lives. Yet, asking patients about their personal relationships—an inherently uncomfortable and difficult task—requires a level of sensitivity that only guidance and practice can provide.

In our Guest Perspective, we hear from Dr. Barbara Gerbert and Dr. Stephen Abel, who have worked together and independently to raise awareness of and educate students and professionals about domestic violence. 

In our Educator Spotlight, we meet Dr. Kanchan Ganda, a professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine who has spent more than 20 years honing and sustaining a program that prepares dental students to treat survivors of domestic violence. 

Next, our Campus Spotlight takes us to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry, where the Dean and an Associate Professor have devised a curriculum that provides dental students with comprehensive training for recognizing and addressing suspected child abuse and neglect. 

This issue of the Ledger also contains:

  • Free resources you can access to implement or enhance your domestic violence curriculum.
  • Links to scholarly research and other information you can use to inform the creation of new coursework and clinical experiences in this area.

As always, feel free to share a link to this issue with your colleagues and to use the comment fields following each article to continue the dialog. We’re eager to hear your views.

Anthony Palatta, D.D.S., Ed.D., ADEA Chief Learning Officer


2016 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition
March 12–15, 2016  
Colorado Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center   
Denver, CO

March 13, 2016

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. ADEA Chair of the Board of Directors Symposium (Colorado Convention Center [CCC], Meeting Room: Mile High Ballroom 1, A–D)
ADEA CCI: This Is What Change Looks Like

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education (ADEA CCI) Reception (CCC, Meeting Room: Mile High Ballroom 1, E–F)  

Profiled Campuses
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Medics Against Violence

The Ask, Validate, Document, Refer (AVDR) Tutorial for Dentists, a free, interactive learning tool available on DVD

Enhancing Dental Professionals’ Response to Domestic Violence , a free, six-page folio

To report suspected child abuse and neglect, contact your state hotline or Childhelp® , a national organization that provides crisis assistance and other counseling and referral services for victims of abuse.

Comprehensive training in suspected child abuse and neglect for dental students: a hybrid curriculum (JDE, 2013)

Changing dentists’ knowledge, attitudes and behavior regarding domestic violence through an interactive multimedia tutorial (JADA, 2006) 

Preparing dental students to recognize and respond to domestic violence: the impact of a brief tutorial (JADA, 2004)

A collaboration to enhance oral health care for survivors of domestic violence: women’s domestic violence shelters and Nova Southeastern University's College of Dental Medicine (JDE, 2012)

Breaking the Cycle, Tufts University

A predictive model to identify women with injuries related to intimate partner violence (JADA, 2006)

Are head, neck and facial injuries markers of domestic violence? (JADA, 1996)  

Women’s Health Curricula: Final Report on Expert Panel Recommendations for Interprofessional Collaboration across the Health Professions (HRSA, 2013)

Women’s Health in the Dental School Curriculum: Survey Report and Recommendations (NIH, ADEA 2012)

National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 2010 Summary Report (CDC, 2010)  

HHS Child Welfare Information Gateway

Open Courseware Resources 

Presentations from the 2015 ADEA CCI Summer Meeting

Presentations from the 2014 ADEA CCI Summer Meeting 

Presentations from the 2013 ADEA CCI Summer Meeting 

ADEA CCI White Papers in the Journal of Dental Education 

Educational Sessions From Past ADEA Annual Sessions (2010–15) 

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