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Faculty-staff group to lead ADEA webinar on Dec. 102 min read

December 5, 2020

Faculty-staff group to lead ADEA webinar on Dec. 102 min read

Ann Arbor, Mich., Dec. 5, 2020 – Four School of Dentistry faculty and staff members will lead a national webinar on Dec. 10 that focuses on how educators can promote critical thinking during disruptions to the traditional educational process because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The webinar is sponsored by the American Dental Education Association, with Continuing Education credits available through the American Dental Association’s Continuing Education Recognition Program, or CERP.

Clinical Assistant Professors who are presenting are Drs. Sabrina Garcia-Hammaker, Amy Karpenko and Stephen Sterlitz. They are joined by Adam Barragato, lead instructional learner at the dental school.

The one-hour presentation, “Promoting Critical Thinking During and After a Pandemic,” examines how the dental school adapted new methods to meet standards of critical thinking and problem-solving required by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Before the pandemic restricted in-person classes and patient treatment, one way the requirements were met was during direct patient care sessions where students applied what they learned during foundational courses into clinical dentistry diagnosis and treatment planning.

Among the solutions was the creation of virtual study groups that created dynamic interactions between fourth-year students and faculty. Each group was provided content that included digitized and de‐identified patient records, photographs, and radiographs for standard patient treatment planning exercises; a subscription to Spear Online, a dentistry education website that features videos of lectures and dental procedures; and guest presentations by faculty specialists focused on early learners in patient care.

Topics in the webinar will include the role teaching and learning technologies, such as Canvas and Zoom, play in creating a community of learners in remote and face-to-face instruction;

how study clubs can promote critical thinking; and how to develop content and apply a study club format to courses.

For more information, go to the webinar registration site here.

A note on the course description page advises that registration will not be available until after 4 p.m. (Eastern time) on Saturday, Dec. 5.

The webinar is adapted from an article written by the four presenters and published in ADEA’s Journal of Dental Education in October. That article is available here.


The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation’s leading dental schools engaged in oral health care education, research, patient care and community service.  General dental care clinics and specialty clinics providing advanced treatment enable the school to offer dental services and programs to patients throughout Michigan.  Classroom and clinic instruction prepare future dentists, dental specialists and dental hygienists for practice in private offices, hospitals, academia and public agencies.  Research seeks to discover and apply new knowledge that can help patients worldwide.  For more information about the School of Dentistry, visit us on the Web at:  Contact: Lynn Monson, associate director of communications, at, or (734) 615-1971.