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The oral health education sector shows in Mallorca great advance in digital transformation

Around 600 dentistry experts and students from all European faculties have made Palma the international center for research, knowledge and innovation in dental education.

International Oral Education Congress ADEE Palma Annual Meeting 2022 concluded with new approaches and innovative experiences for improving oral health in the challenge of new technologies. ADEE is a European institution representing all faculties of dentistry and dental education. The role of education, research and knowledge exchange among all faculties in the world in improving oral health and promoting the promotion, education and prevention of oral hygiene and developing inter-sectoral approaches among professionals was the aims of this meeting.

This scientific meeting was held last week at the Palma Convention Center, where the ADEMA-UIB Faculty of Dentistry in Mallorca played a leading role. The ADEE management acknowledged that ADEMA-UIB for its great job in educational and technological innovation, where it is already a world reference in haptic 3D simulators.

The scientific meeting also served to celebrate the graduation ceremony of the first promotion of the Degree in Dentistry of the University of the Balearic Islands. The event was attended by the President of the Balearic Government, Francina Armengol, the Balearic Minister of Health, Patricia Gómez, and the Mayor of Palma, José Hila, among other personalities.

Throughout three days, different conferences, workshops and sessions were held to analyze the latest developments in the sector and the changes in innovation in the educational model in Dentistry. The first plenary speaker session was held by Prof. Marianne Mak - Van der Vossen, from the Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA), who shared her research on how to identify, classify and guide students who display unprofessional behaviour in schools for health professions education.

The second plenary session commenced with a key note presentation by Prof Yolanda González Cid from the University of the Balearic Islands, who shared the increasing role played by artificial intelligence in oral health education and how convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) could be a complementary asset to assist dentists and specialists in their practices. The road to successful integration of AI into dentistry will necessitate training in dental and continuing education.

The closing session featured a key note presentation by Prof Mariano Sanz from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain. He shared his view on teaching and learning Implant Dentistry and how the fast technological advances in digital dentistry aimed to simplify some of these interventions must be integrated in a pragmatic and rational manner in dental curricula.

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