2016 was a year of exciting progress for ADEA as we built upon the foundations of our work and broke new ground. We installed a new Board of Trustees for the ADEAGies Foundation and developed a clearer vision for its role as the only philanthropy dedicated to serving dental education. The ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education (ADEA CCI) also solidified its leadership through a Steering Committee and the work of ADEA CCI 2.0 is now underway in earnest. To address a key challenge facing dental education, we launched a new initiative to encourage and expand ADEA Student Chapters, with the goal of promoting student interest in academic careers.
ADEA also played a leadership role outside our community by bringing the health professions together. As President of the Interprofessional Education Collaboration, I was pleased to welcome five new health professions to the organization in 2016. ADEA continues to be heavily involved in the Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions as well, and several more of our organizations have now co-located our offices—under one roof are the associations that educate dentists, physicians, physician assistants, veterinarians and nurses.
And outside our borders, we’ve formed stronger alliances with our colleagues. We’ve renewed our efforts to collaborate closely with our 10 Canadian dental school members, partnered with the Association for Dental Education in Europe for an international meeting in London to be held in 2017, and signed a memorandum of understanding with the Japanese Dental Education Association to share expertise and develop joint initiatives.
Back here at home, demand for what we provide at our dental schools is evident as interest in applying to predoctoral, advanced and allied programs remains high. We are in an enviable position to navigate the ever-changing health care environment in the U.S. and are committed to seek and to leverage every opportunity to put oral health at the forefront, in its rightful place.
There is much more to say about this past year, and I invite you to scroll through this report to learn more about ADEA, our members, and our collective work in dental education to lead, teach and learn, research and serve.