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Critical Thinking in Dental Education


Expert teachers and clinicians use highly structured—and often intuitive—thought processes to manage their work and decision-making. They internalize reflective questions to help guide treatment options and provide the best care for individuals. Students must acquire these same critical-thinking skills through practice and faculty support.

Join us in this FREE webinar as David C. Johnsen, D.D.S., M.S., Dean of The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics, overviews the importance of critical thinking in dental education. Relevant critical-thinking skills for treatment planning, interprofessional practice and risk assessment will be discussed to provide attendees with frameworks to use immediately at their institutions.

Learning Objectives

  • Define critical thinking as it relates to dental education.
  • Describe critical-thinking concepts from educational literature.
  • Provide concrete examples of critical-thinking skills for the profession of dentistry (e.g., in treatment planning, interprofessional practice and risk assessment).
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 June 16, 2023. 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.


  • David C. Johnsen, D.D.S., M.S.

    Dr. Johnsen received his D.D.S. from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1970 and his M.S. in Pediatric Dentistry from the The University of Iowa College of Dentistry (UI COD) in 1973. He became board certified in pediatric dentistry in 1978. Dr. Johnsen served on the faculty of West Virginia University from 1974-1980. He received an Outstanding Teacher Award in 1976. Dr. Johnsen was on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University from 1980-1995, where he served as Department Chair, intermittently as Director of the Residency Program, and as Interim Dean in 1993. He has been Dean of UI COD since 1995 and served as ADEA’s President from 2002-2003.

June 16, 2020
Tue 1:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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