Dental schools meet the challenge of an ageing Europe
The European population is rapidly ageing but the dental workforce is not adequately prepared to meet the oral health needs of older adults. Frailty, care dependency, limited access to dental care and limited professional support contribute to poor oral health in old age. Although more than 85% of the European dental schools teach Gerodontology at the undergraduate level, more clinical training in frail patients is required, with emphasis on collaborative practice and developing positive attitudes towards caring for older people. Barriers in human, financial, and educational resources may be overcome by interprofessional and international collaborations, sharing educational material and use of modern technologies.
Associate Professor in Gerodontology at the Dental School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Dr Anastassia Kossioni is Associate Professor in Gerodontology at the Dental School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. She obtained her DDS and PhD from the Athens University, her MSc in Gerodontology from the University of London, and her Certificate in Open and Distance Learning from the Hellenic Open University.
She has served as a tutor in Adult Education and an expert in distance learning at the Hellenic Open University. She is currently Honorary Secretary and Chair of the Education Committee of the European College of Gerodontology and member of the Academic Board of the European Geriatric Medicine Society.
Challenges in licensing overseas dentists - European perspectives
This session explores the experiences of various European countries (UK, Netherlands & Norway) in dealing with the certification of non EU dentists in practices. The various approaches are discussed as is the role of the dental school within the process.
Dean of the School of Dentistry at the University of Liverpool
Professor Vince Bissell is Dean of the School of Dentistry at the University of Liverpool, UK, an appointment he commenced in 2018. Immediately prior to this he was Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Dental Education at the University of Glasgow. He has chaired the UK General Dental Council's Overseas Registration Examination Advisory Group since 2010.
This group provides governance for an examination that enables entry to the UK Dentists Register for dentists who have qualified outside the EEA. He retains an active clinical practice, specialising in Periodontology and he has a broad academic interest in dental education.
Marjoke Vervoorn graduated in 1982 (DDS, University of Utrecht, NL), completed her PhD in 1992 (University of Groningen, NL) and since 1992 she is connected to the Academic Centre of Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA). She was Director of Education at ACTA from 2005 till 2013.
Currently she is involved in Research and Development of Dental Education with focus on learning environment and development and implementation of new technologies in dental training. Also she is involved in the Assessment Procedures for reregistration of dentists in the Netherlands and for non-EU dentists.
Director of Education ACTA