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March 8, 9, and 10, 2012
ADA Headquarters
Chicago, IL

Conference Objectives

  • To learn what Evidence-Based Dentistry is and how to apply EBD principles and tools in clinical decision-making.
  • To recruit and train selected dental professional throughout the United States to become Evidence-Based Dentistry Champions to disseminate information about EBD to their colleagues.

EBD Champion Recruiting and Application

This conference recruits approximately 100 dental professionals throughout the US to become Evidence-Based Dentistry Champions. The Champions are recruited through an application process and eligibility criteria are:

  • Reside and practice in the United States
  • Oral health care provider directly involved in patient treatment

Selected EBD Champions commit to sharing knowledge and skills gained from the Conference. Dissemination can occur through a variety of formal and informal mechanisms. Applicants are asked to describe their dissemination plans.

Applicants are selected in order to obtain a representative sample of US dental professionals from a broad range of practice and work settings. The primary selection criteria for the EBD Champions:

  • The applicant’s proposed dissemination strategy, and
  • Thought leaders who have the ability to gain access to the local professional community, dental school, or health organization to promote the value of EBD.

All attendees are responsible for their own travel expenses, including transportation and hotel. Attendees receive continuing education credits for their participation in the program. The American Dental Association is an ADA CERP-recognized provider.

American Dental Association

Pre-Conference Session – Not to be missed!

"The hands-on search workshop allowed me to become better acquainted with the technology and databases - taught me more about synthesizing information to improve time management."
-2011 pre-conference participant

Get a hands-on introduction to EBD in the pre-conference workshop offered on Thursday, March 8. This popular session offers help to those participants who want to gain practical experience in looking for evidence online in the ADA's Learning Center.


Pre-Conference Sessions

March 8, 2012
Four sessions will be offered in small groups. This workshop includes introductory information on EBD and online computer searches for scientific information. Participants will learn how to use the EBD Website and clinical queries searches on PubMed.

Introductory Comments Dr. Christopher Smiley

The Basics of EBD: Introduction to the EBD Process
Dr. Elliot Abt

Evidence-Finding Search Strategies
Dr. Jane Gillette

Introduction to PubMed
Dr. Julie Frantsve-Hawley

Conference Program

Day 1: March 9, 2012 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Introduction to Conference
Daniel M. Meyer, DDS
American Dental Association
Senior Vice President, Science and Professional Affairs

Session 1: Implementing EBD in Practice

Moderator - J. Leslie Winston, DDS, PhD

History of the EBD Champions Program
J. Leslie Winston, DDS, PhD
Procter & Gamble
Director, Oral Care Professional & Scientific Relations

Grading the Evidence: The Core of EBD
Philippe Hujoel, PhD, DDS, MSD, MS
University of Washington, Seattle

Making EB Work in Practice; Communicating Evidence to Your Patient and the Role of the Dental Team in Implementing EBD
Jane Gillette, DDS
Private Practice Dentist

Table Discussions - 1: Challenges in Your Practice

Session 2: Adapting to Change: Utilizing the Resources

Moderator - Christopher J. Smiley, DDS

The Evidence on Emerging Issues: Providing Patient Care with Limited Evidence
James J Zahrowski, DMD, MS, PharmD
Private Practice, Orthodontics - Tustin, California

Assisting Colleagues in the Implementation of EBD Principles, Addressing 3rd Party Issues
William Kohn, DDS
Delta Dental Plans Association
Vice President, Dental Science and Policy

Challenges of Change
Robert Weyant, DMD, DrPH
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
Chairman, Dental Public Health & Information Management

Table Discussions - 2: Strategies to Overcome Challenges in Your Practice

Q & A: Day 1 Summary: Panel

Day 2: March 10, 2012 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Session 3: Your Role as a Champion Moderator - Brian T. Kennedy, DDS

Why should I be an EBD Champion?
Janet Clarkson, BDS PhD, FDS RCS,
Dental Health Research Unit University of Dundee, Scotland, UK

Exploring the ADA's resources
Julie Frantsve-Hawley, RDH, PhD
American Dental Association
Senior Director, Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry

How Can I Learn More About EBD and Get Involved?
Elliot Abt, D.D.S., M.S., M. Sc.
Private Practice Dentist

How Can I be a Champion?
Partha Mukherji, D.D.S.
Private Practice Dentist

Table Discussions - 3: Strategies to Disseminate Information

EBD in Dental Schools: The San Antonio "CATs Initiative"
John D. Rugh, Ph.D.
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Professor and Chairperson, Department of Orthodontics

Dental Practice Based Research Networks (PBRNs)
Paul Benjamin, DMD, MAGD, FACD
Dental Practice-Based Research Network
Private Practice Dentist

Q & A: Day 2 Summary: Panel

Concluding Comments - Dr. Christopher Smiley

Funding for this conference was made possible in part by Grant Number 1R13HS020551-01A1 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.