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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Expands Summer Enrichment Program

Formerly known as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), the program expanded in 2016 to include a broader array of health professions, such as nursing, pharmacy and public health, and was renamed the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP). SHPEP is a free summer enrichment program to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development opportunities for college freshmen and sophomore students interested in the health professions, but who are underrepresented in them. SHPEP is offered at the following 13 universities:

  • Columbia University
  • Howard University
  • Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of California, Los Angeles/Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
  • University of Florida
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • University of Washington
  • Western University of Health Sciences

ADEA Holds Second Diversity Workshop

The second convening in the ADEA Diversity Workshop Series, Advancing a Diverse Student and Faculty Pipeline, was held October 26 in Houston, prior to the 2016 ADEA Fall Meetings. Sixty-five participants from 42 institutions attended. This workshop aimed to help attendees better understand the factors that can influence the recruitment of diverse students and faculty and featured promising practices from dental educators with a track record of creating sustained, model diversity programs.

The Minority Dental Faculty Development and Inclusion (MDFDI) Program Holds Leadership Meeting

As part of a grant funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) to provide diversity leadership training and development of skills for academic/community partnerships, ADEA conducted a training meeting titled “Leading Change: Leadership Training Strategies for Inclusion and Academic/Community Partnerships” on March 10–11, 2016, in Denver. The interactive training sessions served as a bridge for dental and allied dental leaders through team-building activities based on shared responsibilities and interests. The program included directors from the MDFD I, MDFD II and MDFD III programs; allied dental program leaders; and leaders from three of the dental health aid therapist programs sponsored by W.K. Kellogg Community Catalyst. Goes to the Next Level

After considering various options to maximize the use and public service value of, ADEA successfully negotiated an agreement with Liaison International, Inc., to transfer ownership and operation of the website to the Boston-based company as of December 31, 2016. Beyond introducing updated branding and driving discovery of authoritative content through improved search capabilities, Liaison aims to establish a more direct connection to the health professions schools and programs that will guide interested prospective students into the field.


ADEA Participates in the Inaugural Health Professions Week

In September ADEA participated with 18 other health professions in Health Professions Week. During the five-day event, attendees explored 19 health professions during two virtual fairs and an online treasure hunt, interviewed health professionals about their chosen professions, and engaged with educators and health professionals at local community or campus events. The event attracted over 4,000 registrants, with over 1,600 participating in the two virtual fairs. ADEA members and staff spoke with approximately 400 attendees, including high school and college students and advisors.


Journal of Dental Education Expands Global Reach

The Journal of Dental Education’s (JDE) global standing as a desirable journal remains high. In 2016, the JDE received submissions from 52 countries. Additionally, in 2016 the JDE experienced a record number of PDF article downloads—360,000, compared with 309,000 in 2015. In 2016, the top countries by submission were the United States (195), India (57), Brazil (44), Saudi Arabia (25), Japan (16), Turkey (13), and Canada (12). In 2015, the top countries by submission were the U.S. (194), India (76), Saudi Arabia (37), Brazil (25), Canada (19), Malaysia (11), and Iran (10). In 2015 the journal implemented a Google translate feature, which translates text into 90 languages.


Interest in Dental Professions Continues to be Strong

ADEA has continued to witness a strong interest in the dental professions during the most recent completed cycles of ADEA’s application services— AADSAS® (dental school), PASS® (advanced dental education programs), CAAPID® (international dentists) and DHCAS® (allied dental programs). In the last ADEA AADSAS cycle, there were nearly 11,500 applicants to dental school, a slight decrease over the previous year. The number of applications to nearly all advanced education programs was up substantially, with 10% increases in applicants to AEGD, public health and oral and maxillofacial surgery programs. Oral and maxillofacial radiology has continued to increase, up 27% for the most recent cycle.

Additionally, the ADEA GoDental® website is as popular as ever, and our 2016 events targeted to those interested in dentistry experienced record numbers of registrants and attendees:

  • The 2016 ADEA GoDental Workshop Recruitment Fair in March in Denver had 590 registrants, with 390 attendees on site.
  • The 2016 ADEA Predental Student Virtual Fair, in June, targeted to predental students and others interested in dentistry, had nearly 1,900 attendees logging in during the 10-hour online event. Attendees had the opportunity to visit with over 50 exhibitors, including 46 U.S. dental schools; watch presentations about pursuing a career in dentistry; and find opportunities to network with each other, current dental students and health professions advisors.
  • The 2016 ADEA CareerCon, also in June, targeted to current dental students, had 1,980 registered and over 870 participants in the virtual fair, and more than 35 presentations covering three days.
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