About Teach Dentistry

According to the Journal of Dental Education, clinical faculty shortages could be characterized as the most critical challenge confronting dentistry.

For students and practitioners who contemplate becoming educators, two main impediments hold them back: personal concerns about competency as educators and questions about how to get involved. Mentoring is a reciprocal interpersonal relationship that has been suggested to help increase personal and professional development within dental academics.

Teach Dentistry aims to inform and provide confidence to dental practitioners interested in entering dental academics by:

  1. Having participants choose their interests while learning about the different aspects of dental education.
  2. Viewing diverse exemplars at different stages of their careers, working in various areas within dental academics.
  3. Seeking a mentor from a map of dental academicians throughout the country

This module was developed with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration Title VII Training Grant D86HP24475 on Teaching Tomorrow’s Faculty Today.


This project seeks to evaluate your interest, confidence, and knowledge about dental academic careers, through a web-based learning module (www.teachdentistry.org). It provides detailed information about dental academic careers and highlights exemplars in the field. In addition to the module content, the study involves an initial registration survey of participant characteristics, and a follow up survey asking about module ease of use and utility.

Participation in this project is voluntary, refusal to participate will involve no penalty, and you may discontinue participation at any time. Any information you provide during this program will be kept confidential. Your information will help to improve the module for future users. All information obtained from this project will be stored on an encrypted storage device and only accessible to approved project personnel. All related future publications will be free of identifiable information. The Columbia University Medical Center IRB and the Office of Human Research Protections may have access to the project.

We foresee minimal risk for participating in this project. You will not receive personal (direct) benefit from taking part in this research study. However, the information collected from this research may help others in the future. You will receive one continuing education credit for completion of this module and the follow up survey.

If there are any questions or concerns please contact the Principal Investigator, Dr. Burton Edelstein, Chair of the Section of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Dentistry and Health Policy & Management, at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine 212-342-3505 or by email at ble22@columbia.edu. You may also contact the Medical Center Institutional Review Board at 212-305-5883. (reference # IRB-AAAM3657)


  • Burton L. Edelstein, DDS, MPH
  • Joseph McManus DMD, MS, MHA, MBA, MS
  • Courtney Chinn, DDS, MPH
  • Martin J Davis, DDS
  • June Levine, MS, RD, CDN, CDE
  • Dennis Mitchell, DDS, MPH
  • Thomas Boyle, DMD
  • Joseph McManus DMD, MS, MHA, MBA, MS
  • Courtney Chinn, DDS, MPH