#TechDilemma: Student Professionalism in the Digital Age

Dates: June 22, 2015
Venue: Noon - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Webinar, Online

Summary Presenters | Recording | Resources |  Objectives | CE Information


In 2009, the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) House of Delegates approved the ADEA Statement on Professionalism in Dental Education, underscoring the Association's commitment to promote institutional environments within the allied, predoctoral and advanced dental education community that foster academic integrity and professionalism.

Since that time, the use of technologies (cell phones, Bluetooth, PDAs, cameras) and social media has grown exponentially and changed the conversation dental institutions are having about ethical and professional behavior among students. Technology has changed the way students can alter information, and social media has required schools to define what it means to be a professional outside of the classroom and clinical environment.

This month's ADEA Leading Conversations webinar discussed the impact technology has had on ethical and professional behavior among students, and how policies and practices of academic dental institutions have evolved. The webinar also suggested ways for dental institutions to address professionalism in students during the admissions process, throughout predoctoral training and into their professional lives.

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Presented By: 

Marilyn S. LantzMarilyn S. Lantz, D.M.D., Ph.D., M.S.D., FACD, FICD is Professor of Dentistry in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. She currently serves as consultant to the Education and Mentoring Group of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR), and recently served as Associate Director for Education, Career Development and Mentoring at MICHR (2011-14). She has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry (2000-10), Chair of the department of Oral Biology at Indiana University School of Dentistry (1994-99), and as Chair of the department of Periodontics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine (1991-94). She led an NIH-funded research program in bacterial pathogenesis of periodontal diseases for over twenty years, and has practiced periodontics for over fifteen years. She has also led the development of innovative curriculum and assessments in basic sciences, periodontics, and ethics in dental education, including problem-based and case-based curricula and related web-based assessments, competency-based education and assessments, computer-based simulations for dental research education, and standardized patient instruction. In 2005, she provided leadership for the development and implementation of the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) as part of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry's admissions process. 

Dr. Lantz recently served as a member of the ADA's Council on Ethics, Bylaws, and Judicial Affairs (2008-12) and as Chair of the Council (2011-12). She is past President of the American Society for Dental Ethics, and was the 2010 ADEA/William J. Gies Foundation Education Fellow.  She has served on a number of ADA and ADEA Committees and Task Forces, most recently as Chair of ADEA's Policy Research Advisory Committee (2012-14), as a member of the Subcommittee on the Curriculum Survey of the ADA-CODA-ADEA Liaison Survey Committee (2013-14), and as a member of the Michigan Dental Association's Committee on Peer Review/Ethics (2004-14). In 2011 Dr. Lantz received an ADEA Presidential Citation for significant contributions to dental education and to ADEA.

Phyllis L. BeemsterboerPhyllis L. Beemsterboer, RDH, M.S., Ed.D., FACD is Professor and former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Dentistry at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. She is an associate director in the Center for Ethics in Health Care at OHSU and co-chairs the interprofessional ethics education program. Her research interest is in bioethics education and measurement and she is past president of the American Society for Dental Ethics, a section of the American College of Dentists. She was a 1998 ADEAGies Foundation Fellow and completed the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program (ELAM) in 2000.

Dr. Beemsterboer's academic activities include journal publications in bioethics, occlusion and temporomandibular research, service on numerous dental education review boards, academic consulting and the author of two dental hygiene textbooks. She has extensive experience in accreditation, assessment and evaluation, having designed and implemented the student evaluation of instruction process for several education programs. She has been a curriculum and evaluation consultant for the Commission on Dental Accreditation and the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations. Dr. Beemsterboer was elected to the American College of Dentists as an honorary member in 2010 and received a Presidential Citation from the American Dental Education Association in 2013. 

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View the Recording:

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Learning Objectives:

This webinar will enable participants to:

  • Present the current landscape for use of technology and social media in dental education and examples of how use has impacted ethical behavior.
  • Outline recent policy changes governing ethics and professionalism to include use of technology and social media.
  • Investigate ways to assess students for potential ethical problems before they occur.

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CE Information: 

ADEA emailed participant evaluations shortly after the conclusion of the webinar. If you would like to earn continuing education (CE) credit for your participation in “#TechDilemma: Student Professionalism in the Digital Age," complete the online evaluation in full on or before August 31, 2015. After completing the evaluation, you will have the opportunity to immediately print and save your CE Verification Form.

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

ADEA designates this activity for up to 1.0 continuing education credits.

Continuing education (CE) credit is awarded for participation in individual designated educational sessions.

All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.


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Contact: Renee Latimer