Association for Dental Education in Europe

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FEHDD Summer Session

Thursday, 20th June 2024 - 12:00
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Session synopsis: 

In 2016 at ADEE’s annual meeting in Barcelona the FEHDD launched its ‘competency framework for aspiring deans and heads of dental schools’. As we approach the 10 year anniversary of this milestone in 2026 we find ourselves in a dramatically altered landscape. It seems prudent to revisit this framework document and the knowledge, skills attitude and behaviours needed to be an effective Dean of an Oral Health Professional’s school. During 2024 FEHDD will provide two workshops to evolve an updated competence document for Deans and Heads of schools. Both kindly supported by the FEHDD partners in Colgate.

The first of these sessions will be online on Thursday 20th June at 12:00 UK Time. At this session we will re-present the competency framework for aspiring deans and heads of dental schools and present our rational for the need to update this in a post covid, AI, sustainability focused environment in a changing oral health education landscape. At the session delegates will be encouraged to offer suggestions for updating. We hope you can join us and help us shape the activities of our in person session in Leuven this September.


Corrado Paganelli

The Dental School, University of Brescia, Italy

Corrado Paganelli DDS, MD is currently chair of the Board of IFDEA (International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations) and FEHDD (Forum of European Heads and Deans of Dental Schools), Former President CECDO (Council of European Chief Dental Officers) and ADEE (Association for Dental Education in Europe). Dean of dental school / clinic, and previously hygienist school and orthodontic program, Erasmus coordinator for medical school at University of Brescia – Italy. President-elect of IADR Nutrition group. He also chairs the dental expert panel (Expamed) for the EU Commission of the Regulation (EU) 2017/745 on Medical Devices.

Irina Laura Chivu-Garip

Head of Scientific Affairs Europe
Colgate Palmolive Europe Sàrl

With a career spanning over 16 years, centred on corporate scientific affairs and public health, Irina Laura Chivu-Garip is currently leading scientific and public health engagement strategy for the European region at Colgate-Palmolive, securing strong scientific expertise for key oral care brands, innovating with NGOs and associations’ partnerships and developing professional education and patient behaviour change strategies for better oral health.  Prior to joining industry, Irina worked as a general dentist, co-managing a private practice, and held teaching positions in Restorative Dentistry.

Brian O’Connell

Professor of Restorative Dentistry
Trinity College Dublin

Brian O’Connell is currently Dean of Health Sciences at Trinity College, Dublin, with a special interest biomedical education. He co-leads the oral health component of the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), in addition to research on treatment outcomes and the use of new technology in oral health care. Professor O’Connell is a core member of the European Platform for Better Oral Health, and President-Elect of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR).


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