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CCNMTL Contributions Recognized by the American Dental Education Association

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December 5, 2001. In its annual compendium of Best Practices in Dental Education 2001, the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) acknowledged the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) for its success in integrating new media in the dental curriculum.

According to the ADEA report, the School of Dental and Oral Surgery "has combined resources and formed a unique cooperative venture with the university's Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. This collaboration has catalyzed a new effort in integrating new media in the dental curriculum." The result of these initiatives, according to SDOS, is that they "have been able to design and begin implementation on a comprehensive electronic curriculum." In particular, the study notes the innovative design of electronic pre-clinical lab instruction, development of new tools for learning diagnosis and treatment planning as well as critical thinking in other areas of the curriculum and curriculum management tools.

Citing Community DentCare, a community-based project at the school that provides dental services to the local, low-income community in partnership with health centers, neighborhood practices, public schools and others, the report acknowledges the primary role CCNMTL played in facilitating the dental education network. Community DentCare provides the framework for educational programs including an AEGD Primary Care program, dental student rotations and specialty student training. The network also serves as a foundation for health services research.

CCNMTL continues to partner with the School of Dental and Oral Surgery, as well as all schools on the Health Sciences campus, on new media initiatives that support teaching and learning.

Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program

American Dental Education Association