An ADEA Summit on Allied Dental Education was held June 10–13, 2006, in conjunction
with the Allied Dental Program Directors’ Conference, at the Conference Center of the
Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca, Illinois. The Summit addressed trends in allied dental
education that had been identified by earlier focus and working groups.
The Summit goals were three-fold:
- To develop recommendations for changes to allied dental education in light of
current practice standards and proposed workforce models.
- To provide guidance in the development and implementation of new curricular
models that address changing roles and responsibilities of allied dental
- To suggest steps that should be taken by the dental and allied dental professions,
ADEA, and the communities of dental and allied dental education.
This report starts with background to the Summit, followed by an account of the
discussions that took place during the Summit sessions. It concludes with a summary of
recommendations from Summit participants for achieving reform in education and
practice in allied dentistry. Read the report.