January 26, 2017
A new speaker series initiated by Dr. Nader A. Nadershahi, dean of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, is serving as a platform to explore issues and new ideas about the future of oral healthcare.
The Dean's Speaker Series kicked off on Jan. 18 with a presentation by Dr. Marko Vujicic, chief economist and vice president of the Health Policy Institute at the American Dental Association. A nationally known leader in sharing data about the state of the dental profession, Dr. Vujicic is highly sought after for his presentations.
During his talk, Dr. Vujicic provided many insights about the state of the profession, including changes in demographics among both patients and dental providers; new practice models and opportunities; income trends for today's oral healthcare professionals; and details about dental care usage among children and adults in the United States. He also discussed five broad trends he believes will affect the future of the profession, including the "value" agenda, increased consumerism; shifting demand patterns, increased collaboration and the data revolution.
The speaker series will bring outside perspectives to the school community as it moves ahead with its Strategic Planning process, led by a recently formed Strategic Planning Oversight Committee.
"As we commit to transforming the future of oral health education through our new strategic planning process, these presentations are focused on keeping us current with the different thoughts and activities occurring in dental education, dentistry and healthcare," said Dean Nadershahi.
Dr. Debra Woo, a faculty member at the Dugoni School, will develop and lead the Dean's Speaker Series. She has a deep understanding of the profession and is a recognized leader with her efforts as a member of the Dental Board of California and chair of its Examination Committee, and with involvement on the ADA/ADEA Licensure Task Force and other activities.
The next guest speaker in the series was Mr. Peter DuBois, executive director of the California Dental Association, who spoke on March 7.