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Offer opinions, learn from peers on scientific panel

ADA Clinical Evaluators Panel recruiting new members to participate in surveys

April 17, 2017

By Michelle Manchir

Dental professionals can network with colleagues and access information about the latest dental products, devices and materials on the market by joining the ADA Clinical Evaluators Panel.

By participating in short online surveys each month, ACE Panelists will be asked to provide firsthand, unbiased feedback on preferred brands used in the market, overall user satisfaction on dental products and materials and factors considered in material selection. The survey results, which will be shared with panelists, can help dental professionals understand which products their peers are using and why they might recommend them, said Dr. Paul Eleazer, chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs' Product Evaluation subcommittee.

"It's a valuable benefit of ADA membership that we, the members, have the opportunity to participate in this panel that will help us know exactly what the best practitioners are doing and stay abreast of the very latest evidence in drugs, equipment and technology," said Dr. Eleazer.  

ACE Panelists' survey responses will also influence the topics and subjects evaluated in the ADA Science Institute's Professional Product Review, an online publication that offers objective, scientifically sound and clinically relevant reviews of products and other scientific information for dental professionals. Participation in the panel ensures issues of PPR are of interest and useful for members, said Dr. Eleazer.

Organizers of the ACE Panel hope to have involvement from hundreds of members with different backgrounds.

"We want to be sure to have a representative sample of participants," said Dr. Eleazer, who said he encourages members of all specialties as well as general dentists to participate.

The surveys will result in "very concentrated, very easy to grasp bits of information for members," Dr. Eleazer said. "It will be pertinent to day-to-day practice, aimed at the busy practitioner."

More than 140 dental professionals attended a reception during ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting in Denver, which was aimed at recruiting panel members and invigorating interest in the program.

"To get that many people to turn out for our inaugural ACE Panel reception is fantastic and speaks to the value of and interest in the panels' work," said Dr. Eleazer.

All ACE Panelists will also be invited to a reception at ADA 2017 – America's Dental Meeting in Atlanta.

For more information on the ACE Panel or to register for it, visit ADA.org/ACE or email ace@ada.org. The first survey is available online at ADA.org/PanelACE.

To read current or past issues of Professional Product Review, visit ADA.org/PPR and sign in with your Member Login.