ADEA Leader Discusses Trends in Health Sciences Education at Dean's Speaker Series

April 19, 2017

Dr. Richard Valachovic


Dr. Richard Valachovic with Dean Nader Nadershahi and Dr. Debra Woo


Dr. Richard Valachovic, president and CEO of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) shared his insights with the school community on April 18 as part of the new Dean's Speaker Series established by Dr. Nader A. Nadershahi, dean of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

Dr. Valachovic highlighted national data from ADEA's Snapshot of Dental Education 2016-2017, including the number of applications and first-year enrollment for dental education programs and specialty residency programs, demographic trends among faculty, dental school enrollees by race and ethnicity, national trends of student debt levels among graduates, and where students go to practice after graduation.

The topic of widening pathways to licensure was also discussed. Dentists in society are becoming more mobile, for both professional and personal reasons, which increases the urgency of the issue of portability of licensure among many graduates.

Dr. Valachovic's perspective comes from more than twenty years of leadership at the Washington, D.C.-based ADEA. The association's members include all 76 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, over 800 allied and advanced dental education programs, 66 corporations and more than 20,000 individuals. ADEA's mission is to lead institutions and individuals in the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research and the delivery of oral health care for the overall health and safety of the public.

ADEA's activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and communications, including the Journal of Dental Education, as well as the dental school admissions services ADEA AADSAS, ADEA PASS, ADEA DHCAS and ADEA CAAPID.

The ADEA Snapshot of Dental Education 2016-2017 data is available online at

The Dean's Speaker Series is designed to bring outside perspectives to the Dugoni School community as it moves forward with its Strategic Planning process. Dr. Debra Woo, a faculty member at the Dugoni School, is developing and leading the Dean's Speaker Series.

The next guest in the series is Dr. John Snyder, CEO of Kaiser Permanente, who will speak on May 30, 2017, 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm in Dorfman Hall. All members of the Dugoni School community, including alumni, are invited to attend.

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