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EBD conference goer aims to help her students and their future patients

August 15, 2016

By Michelle Manchir

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Dr. Davis
Elaine Davis, Ph.D., knows the first-year dental students in her evidence-based dentistry class at the University at Buffalo The State University of New York have access to more scientific literature than many who graduated before them.

Thanks to the internet, so do many of the patients they will one day see.

Helping her students analyze and use that information in clinical practice to make sound decisions — and to answer their patients’ questions — is one of the main tenets of her work.

“Practicing dentists must be able to critically appraise what’s out there and use this information, in conjunction with patient preferences, to provide the best treatment for their patients,” said Dr. Davis, who is also a professor of oral diagnostic sciences at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.

To further refine her skills, Dr. Davis is attending for the first time the ADA Evidence-Based Dentistry Champions Conference Oct. 19-20, preceding ADA 2016 – America’s Dental Meeting, in Denver.

At the conference, which is supported by Colgate, Dr. Davis and other participants will review the basics of EBD and how to apply its foundations, clinical decision-making and also have the chance to connect with forward-thinking colleagues. They can also earn 10 hours of continuing education credits.

Dr. Davis said an ADA staff member she met at the American Dental Education Association annual session earlier this year told her about conference, and she later discovered many of her colleagues at the University at Buffalo had attended it in the past.
“I have heard nothing but good things about it, and am very much looking forward to attending this year,” she said.

Researchers, educators and clinicians are encouraged to attend. Dr. Davis said she also hopes to take away from the conference some solid EBD teaching tips, so she can continue to help her students develop the crucial skills necessary to incorporate EBD principles into their practices.

“Our graduates must be lifelong learners committed to staying current with the profession,” she said. “Being able to find and critically appraise information will benefit not only our graduates, but their patients as well.”

The ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry calls the conference the first of its kind in dentistry, explaining that it has an interactive format with table discussions at the end of each session to encourage participation and lively conversation between its participants and the conference presenters.

Seats are limited to the first 100 registrants. For more information about the conference or to register for it, go to its website, EBD.ADA.org/champions, or contact Tyharrie Woods, coordinator of EBD Education Programs for the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, by email at woodst@ada.org.