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An Introduction to Conducting Systematic Reviews in Dental Education


Systematic reviews of literature seek answers to research questions by analyzing and summarizing the findings of relevant previous empirical research studies. More importantly, systematic reviews create a basis for moving from opinion-based to evidence-based dental education efforts.

This webinar is designed for dental, allied dental, and advanced dental educators interested in conducting systematic reviews in dental education. We will discuss how systematic reviews help create evidence-based dental education as well as how these reviews differ from other systematic reviews that focus on basic sciences and clinical dentistry.

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess the value of systematic reviews for evidence-based dental education.
  • Identify which research questions are uniquely suited to be investigated in systematic reviews, and explore ways to select appropriate search terms and search engines.
  • Describe the process and challenges of conducting a systematic review in dental education.
  • Discuss the most important considerations when preparing a manuscript for a systematic review.

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 webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by Oct. 10, 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 1.0 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.


  • Marita R. Inglehart, Dipl. Psych., Dr. phil., Dr. phil. habil.

    Dr. Inglehart is a Professor of Dentistry in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry (U-M SOD) and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at U-M’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts. She began to teach the behavioral science courses for dental, dental hygiene and graduate students at the U-M SOD in 1990 and has been at the school since then. Dr. Inglehart’s research focuses on two main topic areas: 1) the role dental education plays in creating patient-centered and culturally aware future dentists and dental hygienists who appreciate the value of interprofessional education and care and embrace their civic responsibility as dental care providers, and 2) the psycho-social determinants of health and health care and related patient-centered outcomes. Dr. Inglehart has served as the Associate Editor for the Journal of Dental Education. She has chaired the Behavioral Science Section of ADEA twice and served as a consultant to ADEA on various occasions. She currently serves on the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research’s Secondary Data Analysis Review Board and is a Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science.

  • Nadeem Y. Karimbux

    Dr. Karimbux is the Dean at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and serves a Professor of Periodontology. Additionally, Dr. Karimbux has served as Editor of the Journal of Dental Education since 2012 and previously as Associate Editor for MedEdPORTAL®. He is known nationally and internationally for curriculum development and management. He has had experience in developing and implementing novel curriculum in small and large schools and in acting as a consultant for new schools globally. Dr. Karimbux has also promoted faculty development and the scholarship of teaching and learning throughout his career.

  • Lynn Page Whittaker, Ph.D.

    Dr. Whittaker is Executive Managing Editor of the Journal of Dental Education. She has been associated with the journal for 22 years and was formerly ADEA Director of Publications and Public Relations. She was awarded an ADEA Presidential Citation in 2013 for significant contributions to dental education and ADEA.

October 10, 2019
Thu 12:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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