2nd International Conference
of Dental Regulators

Accreditation to Regulation:
Assessing Competency on Entry to Practice Over a Professional’s Career

Monday, September 8, 2014


Welcome and Introduction (Co-Chairs)
Dr. Peter Trainor, Ontario, Canada
Ms. Marie Warner, New Zealand

Globalization of Dental Accreditation?Is it Possible? Is it Desirable? Is Globalization of the Dental Curriculum Possible?

Dr. Robert Love
Professor, University of Otago
New Zealand

Presentation Details
Dental education is fast becoming an international resource with institutions sharing staff and students in exchange programmes and sharing educational resources by the increasing use of the internet and similar multimedia technologies. In the rapidly developing world of global dental education it is vital that the standards of educational resources, staff and new graduates are established, agreed upon and maintained by the dental education and regulatory communities. Globalisation of dental education and regulation requires interaction between stakeholders in the areas of quality systems, benchmarking, and assessment.

It is by international agreement on quality process, benchmarking and assessment that will allow global mutual recognition to work reflecting substantial commonality between the nature of the professional activities, education and training in both the home and host countries. This presentation will explore these issues in the hope of enhancing discussions on globalisation of accreditation systems.

What is and What Makes a Good Dentist?

Dr. David Mock
Former Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry
University of Toronto, Canada

Presentation Details
All health regulators and educators are constantly challenged to identify the characteristics of the ideal practitioner. This is therefore no less a concern for Dentistry than all other health related fields. These characteristics should dictate admission criteria for dental schools, benchmarks for registration and licensure and expectations for practitioners. Although we can subjectively describe the ideal dentist, criteria for evaluation is an elusive target. This discussion will attempt to describe the characteristics and, with the assistance of the audience, try to outline assessment criteria.

The Potential Impact of Regulating Dentists: Lessons from Medicine

Dr. Julian Archer
Director of Collaboration of Education Research And Assessment
Plymouth School of Medicine And Dentistry, U.K.

Presentation Details
Medical revalidation in the UK was launched in December 2012. Now all doctors must provide evidence that they are up-to-date and fit-to-practise every 5 years in order to remain licensed and therefore able to practice. However the process took over a decade to be launched and remains controversial.

Since 2010, we at The Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education Research & Assessment (CAMERA) in the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry have been exploring the impact of revalidation in policy, in practice and in the public domain.

This presentation will cover the main findings from three landmark studies into medical revalidation in the UK. Exploring with policy-makers that designed revalidation we identified different discourses that have had a significant impact on revalidation as it has taken shape. Further to this we have begun to explore revalidation as it has been implemented and are witnessing some of the consequences of an uncertain policy. Lastly we have begun to work with patients asking what if anything is their role(s).

The presentation will plan to give a constructive overview that will help other regulators think about how they might develop their regulatory frameworks.

Comparisons of Models of Assessing Continuing Skill, Knowledge and Competence

Dr. Peter Trainor
President, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario

Mr. David O'Flynn
Chief Officer and Registrar
Dental Council of Ireland

Presentation Details
This session will look at different models of continuing education for practicing dentists and examine criteria for courses to ensure that dentists are keeping up. In protecting the public’s interest, what is the regulatory body’s role to provide an environment in creating values around core continuing education courses. How does valid, reliable content and measurement get established and enforced?

In addition, we will look at different systems for ensuring continuing competence from re-validation to assessment models. We will ask, “are we looking for different ways to weed out bad apples or are looking for remediation?”

Roundtable Discussions

  • Connection between a good dentist, quality assurance and re-validation
  • Steps towards globalization around accreditation and reciprocal agreements

Closing Comments

General Assembly Meeting

  • Welcome (Chair, Marie Warner and President, Peter Trainor)
  • Financial Report (Executive Director, Irwin Fefergrad)
  • By-Law Review and Recommendations (President, Peter Trainor)
  • Election of Executive Committee (Executive Director, Irwin Fefergrad)
  • Conference Review and Recommendations for 2015 (Chair, Marie Warner)
  • Adjournment

    (While open to the public as observers, voting participants will be Founders.)