Reinventing Modern Dental Education – UNC News : UNC News

Students at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry will continue to learn valuable leadership skills to help them excel in their careers as oral health professionals, thanks to a $5 million gift to the school from Dr. Richard and Angela Workman.

The Workmans’ gift establishes the Dr. and Mrs. Richard E. Workman Dental Leadership Endowment Fund. The fund will support innovative leadership courses, including Bell Leadership Institute courses, and professional development initiatives for students in the school’s Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), post-DDS, and dental hygiene programs.

“We know that honing leadership skills is critical to positive patient outcomes and that dental teams provide their best level of care when led by thoughtful and collaborative oral health professionals,” said Ed Swift, DMD, MS, interim dean of the Adams School. “We are incredibly grateful for the investment in this professional development by the Workmans and the work that the Bell Leadership Institute team does to ensure that our students graduate with strong leadership skills.”

With a focus on reinventing modern dental education beyond classic clinical training, the Adams School of Dentistry launched its new Advocate-Clinical-Thinker, or ACTcurriculum in 2021. ACT offers students training in leadership, person-centered care, effective decision-making, practice management, and behavioral science.

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