As part of the registration process for the meeting delegates can select to attend one special interest group on Thursday and Friday. The following tables summaries the SIGS on each day and outlines their aims for the meeting.
Life Long Learning Special Interest Group
The QA Framework for Dental CPD has now been completed. The SIG as can be seen on the website made a significant contribution to the consultation process at its meeting in Riga in 2014.
The Framework, commissioned by the UK Committee of Postgraduate Dental Deans and Directors, was formally launched at their educator’s conference in November 2014. A working group contributed further to the debate and the plans are to move forward, in the UK with piloting the Framework - mapping a variety of CPD activities to the criteria within the Framework.
The aim of this year's SIG at Szeged will be to explore examples of mapping CPD activities to the Framework by participants attending the SIG and to further explore how the Framework might be extrapolated in a wider direction across educational organisations in the EU and how it may contribute to a future Accreditation mechanism to support mobility of dental professionals across the EU.
Dental Educators on the Move The Dental Educators on the Move (DEOM) SIG this year has a focus on pulling together resources relevant to providing an holistic view of professional competencies for dental educators in Europe and in the United States. DEOM coordinators Upen Patel and Cecilia Christersson will initially meet with EDSA members in a focus group to discuss these resources and to gather information on the views of dental students towards competencies for the dental educator. The aim here is to ascertain those competencies that dental students value most in how their dental educators facilitate and promote professional learning. A summary of this information will be presented at the DEOM SIG during the ADEE meeting and discussed, with the aim of identifying key competency themes for dental educators. Additionally an update on current research on development of dental educators competencies will be presented and open to discussion.
DEOM, together with the support of ADEE and ADEA, are also leading the first in a series of workshops aimed to enhance prioritized teaching skill sets of dental educators and to engage dental educators in a learning network platform. The first workshop in this series will have the focus theme on communication and technology to enhance collaborative learning. This engaging and interactive workshop has been planned for participants as a pre-conference full day activity on the Wednesday 26th of August prior to conference start.
Biomedical Sciences in Dentistry; Developing a Contemporary Core Curriculum.
A special interest group (SIG) focused on the teaching of biomedical sciences in dentistry defined aims and objectives of:
To compare differences in approach to the coverage of biomedical science in dental programmes across Europe.
To build on foundations laid at previous ADEE meetings, notably Birmingham (2013) and Riga (2014) (see below for summary) by exploration of issues leading to a core curriculum in Basic Sciences to mirror those proposed by other professional groups.
To develop earlier consideration of the content of a core curriculum in biomedical sciences in order to emphasise areas that dental students must have covered on graduation, those where some coverage is desirable but not essential, and areas which might best be left to postgraduate training.
To provide a forum for the discussion of the range of pedagogic approaches used to engage dental students with these issues.
To re-emphasise that the biomedical sciences are key elements of the curriculum which underpin all areas of dental practice.
General Medicine and Surgery in Dentistry
The SIG was set up to explore areas of mutual interest in the teaching of general medicine and surgery to dental students. There is great variation in terms of how this part of the curriculum is delivered across Europe and areas of common interest have been explored. This led in 2014 (co-ordinated by Dr van Diermen of ACTA) to the submission of a Horizon 2020 bid looking at new methods of teaching delivery.
In Szeged the group wishes to explore more areas of potential for collaborative working, sharing best practice and raising the possibility of further funding bids.
During the SIG meeting on Virtual Reality in Dental Education in Szeged, information will be presented on recent developments and applications of virtual reality in dental education and experiences will be exchanged. Several users of VR related technologies will present their experiences in the use of these developments as well as on the implementation of these technologies within the dental curriculum. Also the available evidence on the application of these new developments in education will be discussed and possible alternatives will be brought up.
Competence assessment This special interest group has been running as a successful forum for anyone interested in competence, with emphasis on assessment. Active discussion and interaction is the key to this group's success and participants are encouraged to define terms and find common ground in their quest for both method and philosophy. These discussions are particularly relevant to undergraduate teachers both involved in active learning and curriculum development.
The Riga 2014 meeting provided a valuable opportunity to brainstorm areas of commonality between ADEE and ADEA. The Rīga meeting of the SIG was continued by a joint ADEE-ADEA meeting during the ADEA annual meeting in Boston, where further input was offered by local participants.
Growing on these two meetings, this year's SIG activitiy will focus on:
Further discussing the proposed topics and select key areas for progression in joint endeavour.
Formalise means to increase communication in between meetings.
Progress the organisation of a joint activity for 2016/2017.
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 The Ethics and Law in Dentistry special interest group held its first session in Riga in 2014. There was a very good attendance at the session and some very useful feedback from the discussion groups.
Since Rīga a small group has worked to produce a set of learning outcomes for discussion at the session in Szeged.
It is hoped that these can be agreed and then the discussion can move on to how students will achieve these learning outcomes and most importantly how they will be assessed.
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:
How we can encourage students to get involved in research not because they have to, but because they want to.
Which tools might we might need to accomplish this, especially as we know that research and science is the only way of bringing us forward and to guarantee the best treatment for our patients.
The situation faced is of great complexity as well as gravity, yet very diverse amongst countries. Some general factors have been identified, that either reduce students’ interest of pursuing an academic career or limit actual students’ access to research. Pathways towards improvements have to be discussed. It is the duty of all EDSA and ADEE members to advocate for improvement in the field of dental education and research, notably regarding the involvement of students. EDSA and ADEE networks can be of great support in the spread of these views.
Clinical Skills Teaching
Presenting its first meeting, The core focus of the Clinical Teaching Special Interest Group will be to promote discussion and dissemination of innovative practice in relation to dental clinical skills teaching. In particular it aims to:
Create an international forum for discussing existing and innovative teaching methods
Give consideration to supportive materials and methods for clinical skills teaching
Compare teaching practice across Europe and share good practice
The primary outcome of the initial meeting will be a three year work plan covering 2015-2018.