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such as bio-printing, virtual
workspaces, virtual reality simulators,
routinization via automation and
crowdsourcing are coming into play.
The ADEA CCI identified other
trends including salivary diagnostics,
sensors, electronic health records
and communication methods such as
social media and telecommunications
as factors dentists should also be
aware of.
Students at OHSU are already
utilizing CAD/CAM technology, and
Knight believes 3D printing could be
how dental restorations are created
in the future. OHSU students also
take initiative in this area as some
come into contact with sponsors
and organize technology fairs. These
fairs bring people into the school to
discuss new technology.

Demographics
The ADEA CCI also predicts a
shrinking middle class and global
aging as factors that will affect

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dentistry. And the general population
of the U.S. and of Oregon continues
to increase. The U.S. population, for
example, jumped from 281 million
in 2000, to 323 million in 2016,
according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
In Oregon, there were 3.42 million
people in 2000, and 4.09 million
in 2016.
In 2012, for the first time, there were
more non-Caucasian babies born
than Caucasian. Therefore, cultural
competency and an understanding of
how to communicate with a variety of
different cultures so they can get the
most out of their oral health care is
important, Balkowiec said.
"Patients coming from different
backgrounds have different
preferences of communication, and
the ability to access information,"
Balkowiec said.
In addition, as people age, they
tend to use more medications,
some of which may complicate
dental treatment.

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"These patients are using
prescriptions that impact the oral
cavity, but dental education must
ensure the learning of the skills
and precautions in treating those
patients," Knight said.
Compounding all of these
factors that will affect the dental
profession, Knight said, is the fact
that by 2040, there are expected to
be 240,000 practicing dentists, while
the estimated number needed is
projected to be 80,000.

Potential Changes to
OHSU's Curriculum
To account for these outside
forces that will affect the dental
profession, OHSU has tasked a
committee to review its curriculum.
Though nothing has been
recommended and it will take
some time to determine specifics,
Knight and Balkowiec offered
these preliminary suggestions as
possible changes:
* Broadening the scope of
understanding diagnosis and
treatment of thoracic and
abdominal disease, and the
impact of craniofacial diseases on
those systems.
* Developing learners who can
be future leaders and active
participants in analyzing and
developing sound health policy.
* Teaching dental students to be
data-savvy, flexible, resilient and
communication experts.
* Teaching students how to become
collaborative members of a health
care team in a multi-professional
team-based practice.
* Removing older technology and
adding new technology.
* Potentially adding more medicine
into the dental curriculum.
* Developing more
patient-centric education.
"We as a profession must face
these challenges proactively and not
ignore or deny issues we ought to be
addressing," Knight said.
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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
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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
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Membership Matters - December 2017 - Dental Foundation of Oregon: The Tooth Taxi Visits the Community Transitional School
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Membership Matters - December 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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