Membership Matters - December 2017 - 20

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OHSU Considering Changes
to Curriculum Based on
Shifts in Dentistry

DENTISTRY COULD BE ENTERING
A PERIOD OF GREAT CHANGE
due to a variety of external factors
ranging from new technology, to
changing demographics, to new
practice models. As both the
general population and population
of dentists across the country shifts,
the profession may need to make
changes to dental education and the
delivery of oral health care.
The profession is going through
a change in its traditional business
model while seeing significant
changes in technology. In addition,
the services dentists regularly provide
are changing. From 1994 to 2014,
the number of restorations placed
decreased by 30 percent, the number
of extractions performed decreased
by 20 percent, the number of root
canals decreased by 30 percent and
the number of prostheses decreased
by 50 percent. These statistics
come from published reports from
the American Dental Education
Association and ADA.
Bill Knight, DDS, MS, MS - the
senior associate dean of Academic
Affairs at the OHSU School of
Dentistry - elaborated on these
statistics: Of the 5,900 national
dental graduates in 2015, only 103
established private practices, and

"The profession is going
through a change in its
traditional business model
while seeing significant
changes in technology."
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Membership Matters

By Blake Ellington

the number of practitioners entering
large, multi-office practices was
about 40 percent.
Further, statistics from the ADA
Health Policy Institute show that
the profession is aging: In 2001,
27 percent of dentists were 55 or
older. In 2016, that number jumped to
39 percent. Meanwhile, the number
of dentists 44 or younger decreased
from 41 percent to 39 percent over
that same period. The profession
is also deeper in debt. In 2000, the
average dental graduate debt was
$105,969, and in 2015, that figure rose
to $247,227, according to ADEA.
This are just a few pieces of the
changing professional landscape
current and future dentists
are navigating.
In a June 2017 article in the
Journal of Dental Education, the
ADEA Commission on Change and
Innovation identified five broad global
constructs, or domains, that it will
use as a baseline to shape the future
of dental education - technology,
education, demographics, health care
and environment.
"The ADEA CCI 2.0 believes that
each academic dental institution holds
the capacity to investigate, discuss,
and debate how its community will
accommodate, innovate or simply
remain unperturbed by changes
in these domains," the ADEA CCI
article states. "In other words,
each dental education institution
will have the opportunity to
determine how to respond - or not
respond - to changes."
OHSU is acting on these changes
and is in the preliminary stages

of investigating areas where its
curriculum may need adjustment.
A recent OHSU faculty conference
focused on the topic, and the first
meetings of the OHSU committee
tasked with this challenge began in
October. While no specific changes
have been recommended yet, faculty
are taking the opportunity seriously
in hopes that the school will graduate
"life-long learners" who will be able to
adapt to the ever-changing landscape
of the profession.
Some key factors OHSU is taking
into consideration fall in line with
the domains mentioned above.
Specifically, technology, the rise
of corporate dentistry, changes in
health care, the increase in mid-level
providers and shifting demographics
are all playing roles.

Changing Practice Models and
Health Care Shifts
The ADEA CCI has outlined how
patients will become more engaged
with greater access to their health
care. A large shift is already in
motion as the profession moves
away from reactive care and toward
preventive care. As a result, health
care policy, big data and collaborative
practices will become larger pieces of
the puzzle.
As students graduate with more
debt, many can't afford to open a
solo practice or buy an established
practice, Knight said. Thus,
multi-office practices, or corporate
dentistry, have become a more realistic
option for dental student graduates.
"I think the collaborative,
team-based practice is going to
Oregon Dental Association



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Membership Matters - December 2017

From the Editor
New Members, Board Highlights
Events and Education
ODA Member Benefit of the Month: UPS
Compliance Corner: Requesting Patient Records
Advocacy in Action: Oregon Action for Dental Health — Listening and Learning
Through the Loupes: Peer Review Council Spotlight
Dr. Rickland Asai Sees Oregon as a National Leader
OHSU Considering Changes to Curriculum Based on Shifts in Dentistry
High School Programs Attract Next Generation of Oral Health Professionals
Airway Trumps Occlusion, Periodontics, Decay and Everything
Dental Foundation of Oregon: The Tooth Taxi Visits the Community Transitional School
Index of Advertisers
Membership Matters - December 2017 - intro
Membership Matters - December 2017 - cover1
Membership Matters - December 2017 - cover2
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 3
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 4
Membership Matters - December 2017 - From the Editor
Membership Matters - December 2017 - New Members, Board Highlights
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 7
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 8
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 9
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 10
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Events and Education
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 12
Membership Matters - December 2017 - ODA Member Benefit of the Month: UPS
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Compliance Corner: Requesting Patient Records
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Advocacy in Action: Oregon Action for Dental Health — Listening and Learning
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 16
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Through the Loupes: Peer Review Council Spotlight
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 18
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Dr. Rickland Asai Sees Oregon as a National Leader
Membership Matters - December 2017 - OHSU Considering Changes to Curriculum Based on Shifts in Dentistry
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 21
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 22
Membership Matters - December 2017 - High School Programs Attract Next Generation of Oral Health Professionals
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Airway Trumps Occlusion, Periodontics, Decay and Everything
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 25
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Dental Foundation of Oregon: The Tooth Taxi Visits the Community Transitional School
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Membership Matters - December 2017 - 29
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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