Special interest groups provide delegates with a valuable opportunity to share and explore particular areas of focus and interest.
The Special interest groups meet on Thursday 28th August at 15.00 and Friday 29th August at 14.00. The meetings will be in the conference venue of Rīga Stradiņš University, Dzirciema Street 16.
If you wish to attend a group or groups, please ensure you indicate which group when booking so we can track numbers.
Early Career Educators Forum
At ADEE 2014 meeting in Rīga the Early Career Educators Forum will evolve into the Dental Educators on the Move Forum. To facilitate the development of this SIG a special session will be held on both days. The object of the forum will be to explore:
Competencies required as educators progress
The role of leadership to progression
The role of communication
The role of Quality assurance
The role and impact of technology
The movement of educators across Europe and beyond
Biomedical Sciences in Dentistry; Developing a Contemporary Core Curriculum. To compare differences in approach to the coverage of biomedical science in dental programmes across Europe.
To consider how rapid advances in biomedical sciences are changing the face of dentistry and will continue to do so at an increasing rate; this will build on a theme introduced in Antalya (ADEE 2011), and explored further in Lyon (ADEE 2012) and Birmingham (ADEE 2013).
To explore the learning requirements of contemporary dental students if they are to understand and exploit these changes.
To work towards the development of a core biomedical science curriculum which retains key elements underpinning the practice of dentistry (e.g. anatomy, oral histology) whilst allowing for consideration of the new scientific disciplines which are changing the face of clinical practice (e.g. cell biology, genetics)
To share experiences regarding the pedagogic approaches which best engage dental students with these issues
To reinforce the importance of the biomedical sciences as key elements of the curriculum which underpin all areas of dental practice
Implant Dentistry University Education Further discuss the implementation of Implant Dentistry in the Undergraduate and Post Graduate University Curricula, as well as in Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Undergraduate Education: addressing barriers towards the implementation of Implant Dentistry University Education such as lack of time in a compressed curriculum.
Postgraduate Education: promoting a comprehensive care approach when planning cases concerning Implant Dentistry.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD): considering appropriate strategies for quality assurance in CPD courses.
Ethics and the Law in dentistry
This year the focus of the Ethics and Law Special Interest Group will be to discuss and draft learning outcomes for the undergraduate curriculum. The domain of Professionalism as described in the revised ADEE Profile and Competences document will provide the framework for the discussions.
Student assessment and monitoring in Endodontology - towards a European standard
Following the publication of revised undergraduate curriculum guidelines for Endontology (Int Endod J 2013, 46: 1105-14), the European Society of Endodontology seeks to share best practice and develop standards for the monitoring and assessment of student progression in undergraduate endodontics. Phase 1 of this work will explore the progression of students from the preclinical laboratory to patient care; what safeguards we should have in place to ensure safe transition, what skills and knowledge our students should possess, and how we should assess it. Discussions will be primed by information from regulatory authorities such as the UK General Dental Council on safe transition to clinical practice, and by submissions from dental schools throughout Europe on their current practices.
Chairs: John Whitworth, Vytaute Peciuliene and Jale Tanalp
EDSA research The EDSA research Special Interest Group explores means of mobilising students to do their research abroad, how this can be facilitated, and how we can help them with. It also explores means of we trigger students to get involved in research not because they have to, but because they want to. Which tools might we need to accomplish this, especially because we know that research and science is the only way bringing us forward and guarantee the best treatment for our patients. Any other ideas on this area are of course more than welcome to be also discuss during this Special Interest Group.