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Hacking #DentalEd: Rethinking Tomorrow’s Curriculum


A hack-a-thon is typically thought of as a fast-track Silicon Valley event. We imagine programmers working intensely to quickly design mobile apps, websites and other types of software to solve discrete challenges. How might we leverage this model to advance dental education?

ADEA Chapters for Students, Residents and Fellows (COSRF) are applying the general principles of a hack-a-thon to reimagine learning. During day-long competitions, student teams from different institutions immerse themselves in contemporary issues facing dental education and use “design thinking principles” to create solutions for dental curricula.

This student-led initiative has become a growing trend across the United States and offers dental schools the opportunity to take a fresh look at their curriculum while also giving students the chance to network and develop their leadership skills in academic dentistry. Whether you are a student, faculty member or administrator, this webinar will give you a better idea of the benefits of hack-a-thons, with highlights from events in different regions over the past few years.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how hack-a-thons can improve dialogue among faculty, students and administrators, and generate novel ideas for your institution’s curriculum.
  • Describe how hack-a-thons can help your institution nurture future dental educators by engaging them in curriculum design and design thinking.
  • Describe the basic format and procedures of a dental curriculum hack-a-thon.
CE Information

The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the live webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by Feb. 12, 2022. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 0.75 continuing education credit.

All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.


  • Kalp Juthani

    Kalp Juthani is a dental student at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and currently serves as a leader on the ADEA Council of Students, Residents and Fellows.

  • Raymond Lee

    Raymond Lee is a dental student at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry. He hopes to pursue a career in academic dentistry while also continuing to practice.

  • Margaux Schwartzstein

    Margaux Schwartzstein is a dental student at Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine (WU CDM) and an active member of the ADEA Council of Students, Residents and Fellows. She currently serves as the ADEA District 11 District Commissioner and the ADEA D.M.D. 2020 Class Representative for WU CDM. She is planning the 2019 West Coast Hack-a-thon to be hosted by WU CDM in March.

February 12, 2019
Tue 12:00 PM EST

Duration 0H 45M

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