The case for change in dental education. Academic Article uri icon


  • This article introduces a series of white papers developed by the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation (CCI) to explore the case for change in dental education. This preamble to the series argues that there is a compelling need for rethinking the approach to dental education in the United States. Three issues facing dental education are explored: 1) the challenging financial environment of higher education, making dental schools very expensive and tuition-intensive for universities to operate and producing high debt levels for students that limit access to education and restrict career choices; 2) the profession's apparent loss of vision for taking care of the oral health needs of all components of society and the resultant potential for marginalization of dentistry as a specialized health care service available only to the affluent; and 3) the nature of dental school education itself, which has been described as convoluted, expensive, and often deeply dissatisfying to its students.

published proceedings

  • J Dent Educ

author list (cited authors)

  • Pyle, M., Andrieu, S. C., Chadwick, D. G., Chmar, J. E., Cole, J. R., George, M. C., ... ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education.

citation count

  • 106

complete list of authors

  • Pyle, Marsha||Andrieu, Sandra C||Chadwick, D Gregory||Chmar, Jacqueline E||Cole, James R||George, Mary C||Glickman, Gerald N||Glover, Joel F||Goldberg, Jerold S||Haden, N Karl||Hendricson, William D||Meyerowitz, Cyril||Neumann, Laura||Tedesco, Lisa A||Valachovic, Richard W||Weaver, Richard G||Winder, Ronald L||Young, Stephen K||Kalkwarf, Kenneth L

publication date

  • September 2006