ADEE GSK Advancement of Dentistry in Society Scholarship 2018 awarded
The ADEE GSK Advancement of Dentistry in Society Scholarship was introduced in 2018 to assist in enabling dental schools to embed the concept of dentistry in society as a core competence of graduating dentists and a key element of the dental undergraduate curriculum. It is hoped that this will in turn enable greater graduate consciousness of the importance of such topics as defined within the Dentistry in Society Domain of the Graduating European Dentist.
Following evaluation of applications in the summer of 2018, ADEE granted two scholarship awards at the awards celebration evening in Gamle Logen, Oslo on Friday 24th August. Each award of 2,500€ will enable the recipient organisations to further advance their work in this growing area of academic and social importance. The two projects recognised are:
The Outreach programme at the School of Clinical Dentistry at the University of Sheffield: Led by Professor Barry Gibson, this project aims to support the embedding of cutting edge service learning approaches to dentistry in society themes. The funding will enable the recipients to run a series of events with all of fourth and fifth year students, and will fully include them in the development of a new approach to their learning. These events will draw on the methods and techniques of appreciative enquiry. Students will be asked to describe what has gone well in their engaged learning and what could be better. The outcome of this event will raise the profile of the School of Clinical Dentistry engaged learning model, in the student body. It will highlight the importance of dentistry in society themes as crucial to the practice of dentistry in the real world. The School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield Outreach Programme will be enhanced to include a series of student led reflective exercises around the role of dental services in addressing inequalities in health, health promotion and health in general.
Pictured Prof Stephanie Tubert Jeannine ADEE President, Mr Mounir Atassi GSK and representatives form the School of Clinical Dentistry at the University of Sheffield.
The Community Engagement Programme at the Peninsula Dental School Faculty Of Medicine And Dentistry, University Of Plymouth: Led by Mr Robert Witton, Peninsula Dental School has developed a reputation for its community engagement education model and has a strong platform for further refinement and evaluation of the approach to dentistry in society. The scholarship will be used to support further qualitative investigation into the lived in experiences of dental students as they undertake IPE and community engagement to understand transformative moments and areas of troublesome learning, and how it influences students understanding of social accountability. The project will align closely with increasing national and international interest in how medical and dental schools can become more socially engaged. The long term impact will enable a refined learning experiences and reflective processes to maximise student learning, and more precisely identify benefits to local community groups.
Pictured Prof Stephanie Tubert Jeannine ADEE President, Dr Cathy Coelho Peninsula Dental School Faculty Of Medicine And Dentistry, University Of Plymouth and Mr Mounir Atassi GSK
As part of the award the recipient are expected to make presentations of their work at ADEE 2019 in Berlin. In presenting the awards on behalf of GSK Mr Mounir Atassi commended both projects for their commitment to the concept of community and societal engagement within their undergraduate programmes and stated he was looking forward to seeing how these projects evolved in the coming months and years.
The ADEE executive is most appreciative of the support of GSK in delivering the Advancement of Dentistry in Society Scholarship.