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J Dent Educ. 2019 Sep 9. pii: JDE.019.154. doi: 10.21815/JDE.019.154. [Epub ahead of print]

Development of a Dental School Strategic Plan to Inform Interprofessional Education.

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Jane A. Weintraub, DDS, MPH, is Rozier Douglass Distinguished Professor of Dental Public Health, Division of Pediatric and Public Health, and former Dean, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry; Rocio B. Quinonez, DMD, MS, MPH, is Associate Dean for Educational Leadership and Innovation and Professor, Division of Pediatric and Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry; Paul N. Friga, MBA, PhD, is Clinical Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School; Vicki Kowlowitz, PhD, is Evaluation, Teaching, and Learning Consultant, Academic Support Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry; and Katharine Ciarrocca, DMD, MSEd, is Associate Professor and Director of Interprofessional Education and Practice, Division of Diagnostic Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry. Jane_Weintraub@unc.edu.
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Jane A. Weintraub, DDS, MPH, is Rozier Douglass Distinguished Professor of Dental Public Health, Division of Pediatric and Public Health, and former Dean, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry; Rocio B. Quinonez, DMD, MS, MPH, is Associate Dean for Educational Leadership and Innovation and Professor, Division of Pediatric and Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry; Paul N. Friga, MBA, PhD, is Clinical Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School; Vicki Kowlowitz, PhD, is Evaluation, Teaching, and Learning Consultant, Academic Support Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry; and Katharine Ciarrocca, DMD, MSEd, is Associate Professor and Director of Interprofessional Education and Practice, Division of Diagnostic Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry.

Abstract

Changes in U.S. health care delivery systems and Commission on Dental Accreditation standards provide impetus for interprofessional education (IPE) and collaborative practice, but roadmaps for engaging dental and dental hygiene faculty to incorporate IPE in a systematic manner are limited. The purpose of this report is to describe the process for creating a strategy and gathering a variety of baseline data to use for determining objectives and metrics and the subsequent development of an IPE strategic plan at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry (SOD). SOD IPE committee members included representation from the UNC Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Business. A three-phase framework was developed. Phase 1 (IPE assessment) was an internal environmental scan including a 2017 faculty survey, departmental mapping of IPE activities, comparison of UNC with national results on the IPE component of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) survey of dental school seniors (2016 graduating class), identification of faculty joint/adjunct appointments at other UNC schools, and a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats (SWOT) analysis. Phase 2 (visioning) consisted of development of IPE mission, vision, and priorities. In Phase 3 (implementation), priorities were developed. Data-gathering led to a strategic plan with three objectives: 1) increase faculty engagement and recognition, 2) develop predoctoral dentistry and dental hygiene IPE curricula, and 3) develop an infrastructure that supports IPE. Specific initiatives and activities, supporting metrics, and estimated costs were developed for each objective. The framework guided a systematic, transparent, and organized process for collecting and monitoring the evidence and directing activities. A three-year strategic plan for IPE was developed in 2017, and implementation is ongoing.

KEYWORDS:

curriculum; dental education; interprofessional education; organizational objectives; strategic planning

PMID:
31501256
DOI:
10.21815/JDE.019.154

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