Association for Dental Education in Europe

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Strategies, challenges and change management in program-wide dental curriculum reform.

Monday, 9th September 2024 - 14:00 to 15:30
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90 Minutes

Session synopsis: 
The aim of this session is to explore strategies that have been used to implement program-wide curriculum and assessment change in dental education institutions across the world.

It aims to be interactive session will include presentations from four institutions: University of Alberta, University of Melbourne, The University of Liverpool and The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, who have recently implemented program-wide curriculum and assessment reform. Session hosts will facilitate breakout sessions and run a Q and A panel to ensure participants feel supported to share their journey of curriculum redesign or learn from the hosts experiences.

The facilitators plan to use this session to develop a professional learning network and ADEE community of practice on curriculum and assessment reform.


Welcome from Session Chair


International approaches and perspectives


Lessons Learned


Breakout sessions to elicit audience experiences and questions associated with curriculum and assessment reform






Clare McNally

University of Melbourne, Australia
Academic Lead for Assessment and Evaluation.

Clare McNally is an Associate Professor of Oral Health and the Academic Lead for Assessment and Evaluation at the Melbourne Dental School. Clare is a change agent, responsible for assessment reform as part of the MDS25 curriculum redesign.

By developing a programmatic approach to assessment and introducing an entrustable professional activity framework, Clare will ensure the Melbourne Dental School (MDS) is a global leader in dental education and assessment.
Clare is also the Bachelor of Oral Health final year coordinator. This is a work-integrated learning (WIL) year where students are out on clinical placements. Clare is focused on ensuring they remain connected as a community of learners despite not being on-site together at the University.
Clare's PhD (Medicine) at the University of Adelaide explored the relationship between oral health and systemic health in hospitalised older people. She currently works for Dental Health Services Victoria in the Oral Medicine Department helping patients with significant mucosal diseases prevent common dental conditions. She will be expanding her research in this area in 2024.

Colleen Starchuk

Learning Consultant
University of Alberta

Colleen Starchuk is the learning consultant with the U of A's Technologies in Education: Support and Solutions. She's been working on the curriculum renewal project with the School of Dentistry for the past few years, in her role at the University for the past 10 years and has supported curriculum development, course development and e-learning projects for higher education and industry throughout her career. Colleen has a M.A. specializing in Adult Education and a B.Ed. Major in Business/Computing.

"I find the curriculum revitalization project to be exciting and rewarding," says Starchuk. "I've been consistently impressed by the commitment to collaboration, quality of results that seems to be intrinsic to the work culture within the School of Dentistry. It is great to work with such a dedicated and passionate group of people."

What makes this renewal project unique is that it revolves around the commitment to collaboration says Starchuk, "The new program does more than reorganize the way that students will learn, it establishes a new paradigm. It's really exciting," she says, "Many program redesign projects rely on a small group of individuals to make the key decisions and complete the majority of the planning work. From the early stages the direction this project has taken has been established and reinforced through consultation and input."

Dilek Uyan

Associate Professor
UNC Adams School of Dentistry

Dr. Uyan, an Associate Professor of the Comprehensive Oral Health Department, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), Adams School of Dentistry (ASOD), is currently serving as the Predoctoral Generalist Program Director. In this role, she has been collaborating with the curriculum leadership and clinical team in preparing faculty and residents to teach in general dentistry clinic, overseeing coordination of generalist faculties and office teams since the implementation process began in 2019.

Following her 20 years of private practice experience, Dr. Uyan is now focusing her efforts on educational and curricular advancement in assessment frameworks in dental education and she has recently completed " UMC Utrecht- Ins and Outs of Entrustable Professional Activites" training. She has been speaking about the new assessment framework in several platforms including “Calibration in Assessment of Clinical Encounters Using Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs)” in ADEA 2023 Annual Session & Exhibition and “Analyzing Longitudinal Data on Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs)” in ADEA 2024 Annual Session & Exhibition.

Since joining the UNC ASOD in 2019, Dr. Uyan is providing oral health care to her patients in the Dental Faculty Practice focusing on restorative and general dentistry. She is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and active member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, American Dental Education Association, International College of Prosthodontists, International Team for Implantology and North Carolina Dental Society.

Anthea Senior

Associate Professor
University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada)

Dr Senior obtained her bachelor of dentistry degree from the University of Newcastle (UK) in 1992 and worked as a community dentist before joining the School of Dentistry, University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) in 2003. Anthea is an Associate Professor in the Radiology department and the Associate Chair DDS Clinical Education. In 2015 under the leadership of Dr Steven Patterson and Dr Senior, the School began a complete overhaul of all 4 years of the Doctor of Dental Surgery undergraduate curriculum. The first class graduated from the new curriculum in 2023 and initial evaluations of the new curriculum have been very positive.

Rocio Quinonez

Associate Dean for Curriculum
Adams School of Dentistry

Rocio Quinonez is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentist and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. She holds joint appointments in the Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Public Health and the Department of Pediatrics at the UNC School of Medicine. She has served as Predoctoral Program Director in Pediatric Dentistry (2007-2017). In 2018, she became the Associate Dean for Educational Leadership and Innovation at UNC and was tasked to lead a new dental curriculum for the Adams School of Dentistry. Her current role transitioned to Associate Dean for Curriculum to better reflect the implementation process of the new program of study. She has authored over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts and book chapters and is the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics National Oral Health Service Award and the Charles Craig National Teaching Award.

Joanne Bowles

Senior Lecturer and the Co-Director for the Undergraduate Programmes
University of Liverpool, School of Dentistry, UK

Joanne Bowles is a Dental Therapist, Senior Lecturer and the Co-Director for the Undergraduate Programmes for the fully integrated and innovative BDS/BSc curriculum at the University of Liverpool, School of Dentistry.

Joanne has an MA in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and has a keen interest in assessment and gained recognition as a Senior Fellow in 2018. In 2022 Joanne was awarded the ADEE Oral B Excellence in Dental Education Intra/Interprofessional Education award.

Joanne is an executive council member for the British Association of Dental Therapists where she now has a role as BADT Secretary.

Pam Robertson

Research Fellow at the Assessment and Evaluation Research Centre
The University of Melbourne

Pam Robertson is a Research Fellow at the Assessment and Evaluation Research Centre, The University of Melbourne and works on projects relating to assessment (both large-scale and classroom) and the use of assessment data to inform decision-making. She is experienced in the development, validation and evaluation of assessment materials tailored for specific purposes.

She has been involved in numerous projects, both within Australia and internationally, involving formative uses of assessment data, judgement-based assessment and the alignment of assessment and curricula. Pam has experience with projects related to curriculum and assessment, especially those focused on improvements through the use of learning progressions, which was also the topic of her PhD.
Within her role at the University of Melbourne, Pam is also the Australian Deputy Director of the Assessment, Curriculum and Technology Research Centre, a joint program with the University of the Philippines. This role involves conducting educational research to advise and inform Philippine education and building capacity in educational research within the Philippines. She also teaches subjects in the areas of assessment within both award and non-award programs. Pam has previously been a teacher of maths and science and has co-authored multiple physics texts.

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Learning outcome 1: discuss systematic approaches to curriculum and assessment reform
  • Learning outcome 2: describe change models that can support program-level curriculum and assessment reform
  • Learning outcome 3: develop an international peer support network

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