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In Focus sessions

Wednesday, 23rd August 2023 - 11:30 to 13:00
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90 Minute

In Focus sessions
Space 7 @ The Spine
Session synopsis: 
This presentation of 'in Focus' features 45 minute updates on two diverse but key topics of interest to oral health educator: posterior composite teaching and the recent update to the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Core Competencies Document. Delegates attending this session can expect to hear of all the latest innovations and approaches suggested in these two topics.

Sectional matrix solutions: the distorted truth posterior composite teaching

Recent research by Newcastle University has shown some issues relating to conventional sectional matrix techniques. A novel technique resulted in superior outcomes and was preferred by student operators. A bulk-fill composite placement technique also showed some advantages, but one disadvantage in relation to conventional layered approaches. Posterior composite technique recommendations will be suggested in light of the study findings. The aim of the session is to increase awareness of sectional matrix and bulk-fill composite techniques for direct posterior composites.

Specifically attendee will:

  1. Understand the advantages and disadvantages of sectional matrix systems and composite placement techniques,
  2. Be able to Identify and understand the common problems with sectional matrix systems,
  3. Suggest solutions to predictably reduce the incidence of unwanted restorative outcomes

Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC): History, Core Competencies Revision Project, and implementation for collaborative care

According to the World Health Organization, interprofessional education or “IPE” occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. In January 2009, six U.S. health professions associations joined forces to foster a common vision for team-based care, promote efforts to reform health care delivery and financing consonant with that vision, and contribute to development of leaders and resources for substantive interprofessional learning. The associations formed the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) which developed and published the IPEC Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice. The core competencies document, which has been widely disseminated and utilized has recently undergone a comprehensive revision process that will result in the third version of the IPEC Core Competencies. The revision process was highly inclusive of all IPEC members. A very structured and iterative approach was developed and implemented that regularly considered input from a wide range of stakeholders. Among more detailed revisions, some of the broader constructs that are now included in the current version are diversity, equity and inclusion, interprofessional leadership, the concept of One Health, the importance of wellbeing and resilience, and the practice of team science. Although the IPEC Core Competencies have been extensively utilized in health professions didactic curricula, the ability to regularly provide students with meaningful interprofessional, collaborative care experiences in clinical settings have been challenging. The creation of a new, innovative clinical and academic facility at one US academic institution to address this challenge will be described. The facility is designed to provide comprehensive primary health care services to the public, while providing an integrated clinical learning environment for students to obtain collaborative care experiences.




Sectional matrix solutions: the distorted truth posterior composite teaching
Oliver Bailey, Newcastle University, 


Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC): History, Core Competencies Revision Project, Project, and Implementation for Collaborative Care

Karen P. West, Jeffery C. B. Stewart, Nader A. Nadershahi, D.D.S., M.B.A., Ed.D., American Dental Education Association


Closing Remarks


Upen Patel

Associate Clinical Professor & Honorary Consultant Restorative Dentistry
University of Birmingham, Dental Hospital, UK

Dr Upen Patel was appointed as a full-time Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry at the University of Birmingham (UK) in 2008. He has since completed his PhD studies, appointed lead for eLearning, Assessment and is the Deputy Head of Undergraduate Education for the School of Dentistry. He is currently training to become a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry. Upen teaches undergraduate dental students in all five years of the BDS degree programme and delivers postgraduate training for dental-care-professionals. Upen is Chairperson for the UK & RoI Dental Schools Council Assessment in Dental Education Group, a member of the Executive Committee of the Association for Dental Education in Europe and a member of the Editorial Board for the European Journal of Dental Education. Upen has led many Special Interest Groups and initiatives with ADEE and has been involved in facilitating and coordinating workshops for ADEE-ADEA collaborations. Upen is an ADEE, Executive Committee Member.



Jeffery Stewart

Senior Vice President for Interprofessional and Global Collaboration
American Dental Education Association

Karen P West

President and CEO,
American Dental Education Association

Nader A. Nadershahi

Immediate Past Chair of the Board
American Dental Education Association

Oliver Bailey

Course lead for Clinical Skills: Advanced Restorations
Newcastle University, United Kingdom

Ollie qualified from Newcastle University with honours in 2005, winning numerous awards relating to clinical and academic dentistry. He worked in general practice for 13 years, training extensively in restorative and implant dentistry, before moving to Newcastle University where he leads the undergraduate indirect restoration skills course, having also lead the final year restorative clinical teaching and been deputy degree programme director of the implant diploma. He is undertaking research into the costs and benefits of the alternatives to amalgam, class II restorative technique teaching and vital pulp therapies. Ollie is also currently leading an international consensus project on class II restoration technique alongside Niek Opdam. He has written several book chapters and published numerous articles on restorative dentistry techniques, alongside research papers in this area. Ollie has been heavily involved in postgraduate education, teaching sectional matrix technique for a decade, and lecturing at the Kois Center in Seattle, where he is a graduate. He is past elected Chairman of North East Private Dentists and a big sports' fan, often found in the North Sea trying to surf. 


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