The recently released 500-page American College of Dentists ethics report is unusual in being based almost entirely on empirical work and making no recommendations for others. It suggests the replacing of individual dentists’ knowledge of principles with group action and leadership by the most professional. The workshop will summarize highlights of the report, including agreement among practitioners, patients, and leadership that isolation, commercialism, and lack of professional support represent challenges; a general decline in teaching and discussion of ethics; and a drifting sense of professionalism. Leadership for collective action is needed.
Participants will work in small groups to accomplish these objectives:
- Identify the changing voice of patients and others in improving or confusing oral health.
- Determining how practitioners should respond to rapidly changing technology and economic forces.
- One other challenge will be identified and addressed based on digital input from potential participants.