ADEA CCI Liaison Ledger

Spring 2017: Managing Stress

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

Last month, the ADEA Joint Council Administrative Boards held their annual meetings at the ADEA offices in Washington, DC. While they were here, I peered into the conference room and was greeted by an extraordinary scene: Everyone in the room sat, eyes closed, shoulders relaxed, hands resting on their laps, in complete and utter silence. 

As you may have guessed, they were engaged in mindfulness—an appropriate activity for a meeting focused on resilience and mental health. Mindful meditation and other practices that have been shown to reduce stress have garnered a lot of attention lately. The U.S. Surgeon General has been preaching the benefits of meditation as a stress reduction tool, and if you follow him on Twitter, you know that academic settings are among the places he has taken his message.

In this edition of the ADEA CCI Liaison Ledger, we consider the ways in which meditation and other stress management practices improve focus and academic performance—two assets with enormous value for dental students. Our Campus Spotlight takes us to the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University, where faculty are reducing student stress by preparing them to receive corrective feedback. In our Educator Spotlight, we meet an Assistant Dean whose affinity for mindful meditation is shaping the experience of students at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. 

Our commentator this month is Kathy O’Loughlin, D.M.D., Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at the American Dental Association. As she says in a Guest Perspective that is both personal and passionate, “We cannot avoid stress and emotional distress, but we can learn to manage it in a way that benefits our families, our patients, our profession and ourselves.”

This issue of the Ledger will give you a sense of how your colleagues are doing just that. If you have a stress management initiative in place on your campus, we want to hear about it. Please use the comment fields that follow each article to share your activities with other ADEA members. 

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

Upcoming Events
2017 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, March 18–21, 2017, Long Beach, CA 
Shaping the Future of Dental Education, May 8–9, 2017, London, England
2017 ADEA CCI Liaisons Summer Meeting, June 6–8, 2017, Baltimore, MD

Profiled Campuses
Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University
University of Kentucky College of Dentistry

Stress Management Resources
American Dental Association’s Health and Wellness Information

Alzahem AM, van der Molen HT, Alaujan AH, Schmidt HG, Zamakhshary MH. Stress amongst dental students: a systematic review. Eur J Dent Educ 2011;15(1):8-18.

Coffey DS, Cuff P, Eliot K, Goldblatt E, Grus C, Kishore S, Mancini M, Valachovic R, Walker PH. 2017. A multifaceted systems approach to addressing stress within health professions education and beyond. National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC

Elani HW, Allison PJ, Kumar RA, Mancini L, Lambrou A, Bedos C. A systematic review of stress in dental students. J Dent Educ 2014;78(2):226-42.

Ericsson KA, Nandagopal K, Roring RW. Toward a science of exceptional achievement: attaining superior performance through deliberate practice. Ann N Y Acad Sci 2009;1172:199-217.

Greeson JM, Juberg MK, Maytan M, James K, Rogers H. A randomized controlled trial of Koru: a mindfulness program for college students and other emerging adults. J Am Coll Health 2014;62(4):222-233.

Murphy RJ, Gray SA, Sterling G, Reeves K, DuCette J. A comparative study of professional student stress. J Dent Educ 2009;73(3):328-37. 

Twenge JM. Generational changes and their impact in the classroom: teaching Generation Me. Med Educ 2009;43(5):398-405.

University of Kentucky College of Dentistry mindfulness webpage

University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. UK dental students becoming more mindful.

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Exploring mind/body wellness.

Open Courseware Resources
Presentations From the 2016 ADEA CCI Summer Meetings

Presentations From the 2015 ADEA CCI Summer Meetings

Presentations From the 2014 ADEA CCI Summer Meetings 

Presentations From the 2013 ADEA CCI Summer Meetings 
Presentations From the 2012 ADEA CCI Summer Meetings 
ADEA CCI White Papers in the Journal of Dental Education 
Educational Sessions From the 2016 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition 
Educational Sessions From ADEA Annual Sessions (2010–2015) 


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