On Thursday March 19, 2015 UIC College of Dentistry’s Division for Prevention and Public Health Sciences held its 12th Annual Extramural Education Conference. In total 25 representatives were in attendance. The gathering included college staff, faculty, and external adjunct faculty from our partner sites. The conference is held once a year and serves an opportunity for the external partners to come together and share the past years’ experience.
One of this year’s conference highlight was the importance of the Interprofessional Experience (IPE) in the dentistry profession. Dr. Christine Hryhorczuk, Director of Extramural Site Assessment, gave a thought provoking presentation on Interprofessional Practice (IPP) and IPE from a faculty retreat she attended this past summer.
Dr. Hryhorczuk emphasized her own career experience and how important the exposure to mentors from other professions (nurses, physicians, and pharmacists) has helped. She spoke about how the collaboration with other profession improves the quality of care of the overall health of the patient.
“The mouth is connected to the body, that is something you take for granted--but it wasn’t always that way”
The conference was also an opportunity for our partner sites to share their experiences and the oral health delivery system at their organization. Dr. Vipul Singhal, St. Bernard Hospital and Dr. Jiao Cheng, Northwest Community Healthcare each presented on their best practices and their extramural site models.
St. Bernard Hospital
Northwest Community Healthcare
The remainder of the conference included a roundtable lunch discussion, offering an opportunity for external adjunct faculty from different sites, managing partners, and staff to share ideas. This particular segment of the conference is most helpful because it not only gives those that did not present a chance to speak about their experiences; it also facilitates an open discussion for questions to staff, and managing partners for any rotation improvements. Suggestions for next year’s conferences include:
Incorporating small group discussions with partner sites so that there is more time to share ideas on a personal level Student participation-extending an invitation to a few students to attend the conference
A warm thank you to all our participants for attending and a special thank you our presenters, We sincerely express our gratitude to each of our partner sites and adjunct faculty for welcoming our students to your organizations. The time commitment and dedication help train and prepare our graduates.