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EBD workshop teaches critical skills

Boston—The ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry June 1-2 held a workshop here that focused on formulating clinical questions, searching for evidence and critical reading and appraisal skills.

The workshop was held at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine at the behest of Dr. Paul Farsai, a professor of dentistry and a member of the ADA Critical Review Panel since 2009. Dr. Farsai said he requested the ADA Center for EBD hold a workshop at BU because the school is dedicated to incorporating EBD into its pre-doctoral curriculum.

“This was an ideal opportunity to have excellent teachers and faculty come to our school and teach the concepts of EBD to the trainees who will be writing critical summaries of systematic review articles under the guidance and mentorship of the ADA Critical Review Panel members,” he said, calling the workshop “a huge success.

“The participants expressed that they felt the workshop was a very good vehicle to demonstrate to our students and residents that our own faculty practice what they preach in expanding their own critical thinking skills through further involvement with the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry,” Dr. Farsai said.

Some 15 dentists, educators and researchers participated in the two-day event, which was facilitated by Dr. Jim Bader of University of North Carolina School of Dentistry and Dr. Debora Matthews of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The program began with welcoming remarks from Dr. Jeffrey Hutter, who provided a historical perspective on the evolution of evidence-based dentistry in the ADA.

For more information, visit or contact Erica Vassilos at or by calling the ADA’s toll free number, Ext. 2523.

Image: Dr. Viviana Avila-Gnau, David Flynn and Dr. Romesh Nalliah
Critical thinking: From left Dr. Viviana Avila-Gnau of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, David Flynn, medical librarian at BU, and Dr. Romesh Nalliah of the Harvard  University School of Dental Medicine, take part in the ADA Evidence-Based Review Workshop at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.