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EV4: Educator Symposium: Predoctoral Educators Workshop

October 26, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Jennifer Bain

Seema Ashrafi
Nicolaas Geurs
Lea Hachem
David K. Okano
Jessica L. Owens
Karin Schey
Yun Wang

Combined Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Educators Workshop

9 AM to 12 PM

The Future of Education: What Novel Teaching Techniques Developed During the Pandemic Can Be Used in the Future

A silver-lining the COVID-19 pandemic has made educators step out of their comfort zones and try new and innovative methods for teaching their content. Could some of these lessons learned be carried over to improve the quality of periodontal education at all levels? This session explores some emerging educational techniques and technologies that could be introduced in both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral education.

Educational Objectives:
• Discuss utilizing virtual meeting platforms to bring collaborative expertise to pre-doctoral and post-doctoral programs.
• Explore utilizing program and gaming to enhance the engagement and retention of periodontal knowledge.
• Develop educational strategies and techniques that can be used to increase interaction and application of periodontal material.
• Understand how haptic simulation is being utilized in periodontal education and its role in the future.


2022 AAP Predoctoral Educators Workshop

1 PM to 4 PM

Session 1: The New Classification System: Challenges and Triumphs in Predoctoral Education

This session will discuss how predoctoral educators have implemented the new classification system into their programs. We will discuss survey results and identify key triumphs and challenges in teaching this system at the predoctoral level. The ultimate goal of this session is to have a take home package of cases that have been vetted through this workshop to help educators calibrate each other, general dentistry colleagues, hygiene colleagues, and more. We will present the results and facilitate the discussion. Table leaders will be identified from the survey.

Educational Objectives:
• Examine the challenges in teaching and implementing the new classification system to predoctoral students.
• Identify triumphs in teaching and implementing the new classification system to predoctoral students (what educators have found to be successful).
• Develop a calibration plan for use at the attendees’ home institutions.


Session 2: Identifying and tackling the hidden curriculum in predoctoral education

Description: This session will dive into the topic of “hidden curriculum.” What is a hidden curriculum and how does it affect our ability as educators to accomplish our intended goals for predoctoral periodontal education? This session will use lecture format as well as group and table discussions to learn about the topic and identify situations we may encounter and work together on a plan to overcome this at our institutions.

Educational Objectives:
•  Identify and define the hidden curriculum.
•  Provide examples, both positive and negative, of hidden curriculum in dental education.
•  Review as a group-specific situations educators have encountered and explore ways to overcome the hidden curriculum or how to take advantage of it to benefit predoctoral periodontal education.


Lunch and Happy Hour (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.) will be included.


October 26, 2022
9:00 am - 5:00 pm