American Dental Education Association

American Dental Education Association

= American Dental Education Association (ADEA) =

Founded in 1923 as the American Association of Dental Schools, American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is a non-profit association representing academic dentistry based in Washington, D.C..

ADEA has more than 16,000 students, faculty, staff, and administrators from all of the U.S., Canadian, and Australian dental schools, many allied and postdoctoral education programs, and numerous corporations working in oral health education.

Dental education is a broad and varied field that trains people as general dentists, specialists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and dental laboratory technicians. ADEA membership mirrors this diversity, so the Association has nearly 50 sections and special interest groups focusing on topics from endodontics, prosthodontics, orthodontics, to dental school admissions and practice administration.

ADEA also fosters interconnected community experiences that enable members to meet their individual goals while leveraging their collective strength.

• ADEA provides valuable support to entering students through the application services AADSAS (predoctoral) and PASS (postdoctoral).• ADEA encourages students from diverse backgrounds to learn about careers in dentistry as early as elementary school. Programs such as http;//, Moving Forward: Bridging the Gap, the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program, the Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program, and the W.K. Kellogg/ADEA Minority Dental Faculty Development Program all assist students from underrepresented minority or low income groups in realizing their career goals.• For dental educators, ADEA offers ongoing opportunities to advance their skills and knowledge. The ADEA Leadership Institute and the ADEA Allied Dental Faculty Leadership Development Program cultivate leadership skills. Online learning sites, fellowship programs, and numerous meetings (including the ADEA Annual Session) offer educational programming and networking for those at all stages of their careers.• To keep members informed about scholarly research, current issues, and everything in between, ADEA publishes the peer-reviewed Journal of Dental Education, the Bulletin of Dental Education Online, Trends in Dental Education, and the Official Guide to Dental Schools, and much more.

ADEA determines best practices for dental education and encourage changes in dental education programs and institutions that will benefit everyone. The ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation has engaged representatives from each U.S. dental school specifically to examine dental school curricula.

Also, through the ADEAGies Foundation, ADEA provides financial support for dental education, research, and leadership.

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