IFDEA Hosts Symposium at IADR/AADR/CADR General Session
IFDEA Hosts Symposium on Faculty Development and Interprofessional Education and Scholarship at IADR/AADR/CADR General Session
Approximately 50 dental educators, including younger and mid-career faculty members from around the world, recently gathered in Boston, Massachusetts, for an informative symposium covering new approaches to faculty development and interprofessional education and scholarship.
The event, organized by the International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations (IFDEA) was held on March 11, 2015, at the Hynes Convention Center as part of the 2015 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session.
The guest presenters were Mary MacDougall of the Institute of Oral Health Research at the School of Dentistry at University of Alabama at Birmingham; Anders Nattestad, DDS, Professor and Director, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and Executive Director of IFDEA; Heiko Spallek, DMD, PhD, MSBA (CIS), Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Director of the Center for Informatics in Oral Health Translational Research at University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine; and Zsuzsa Horvath, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Dental Public Health and Director of Faculty Development, Office of Faculty Affairs at University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.
The presenters shared lessons they have learned about various career development opportunities at dental schools, the importance of mentorship, and models of faculty development being used throughout academic institutions. They also discussed faculty development opportunities, including fellowships, online knowledge centers and other resources available through IFDEA, IADR and other organizations.
The session also highlighted the growing trend of interprofessional education (IPE) among health sciences professionals.
“Interprofessional education has received a lot of attention in recent years as educators and practitioners of different health-related disciplines increasingly need to learn how to work together in providing comprehensive coordinated care to our patients,” said Dr. Anders Nattestad.
Faculty have traditionally been developing their expertise in their field of interest and research, and they also increasingly will need to learn how to collaborate and interact more widely with researchers from other fields of study as the complexity of health care delivery increases.
According to Nattestad, the evidence continues to emerge on the important and intricate relationship between oral health and general health. At the same time health professionals are seeing an increase in oral complications from overall health management approaches and vice versa.
“In dentistry we need to continue developing our faculty and students in their ability to interact with our colleagues in other health-related fields,” he added.
IFDEA’s online resource center provides free educational modules, articles, teaching tools and other resources to dental educators worldwide. To view the resources, or contribute additional resources to benefit the global dental education community, visit http://www.ifdea.org/gkc/Pages/default.aspx
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The International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations (IFDEA) is a global community of dental educators who have joined together to improve oral health worldwide by sharing knowledge and raising standards. IFDEA contributes to improving global health by improving oral health by serving as an axis of information, best practices, exchange programs, news and professional development for the many regional dental education associations and individual academic dental institutions worldwide.
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