Online Training Prepares Dental Educators for Clinical Research

Dentistry Today


Colgate-Palmolive is launching an online faculty development program tailored to educators looking to start a research career. Entitled “Foundations in Conducting and Designing Clinical Research,” it was developed in partnership with the Academy for Academic Leadership (AAL) for faculty who wish to improve their understanding of research processes and who want to become more involved in the research capacities at their institutions.

The program focuses on the fundamentals of conducting oral health clinical research. It includes sessions on designing a clinical research study, scientific writing, data collection and management, basic statistics, ethical research practices, and how to publish scientific articles. It also is available to dental faculty who wish to incorporate the training into their dental school curricula. Bruce Philstrom, DDS, MS, narrates the 6-module program.

“The program developed by Colgate and AAL allows every faculty member to learn about clinical research in an approachable manner,” said Tobias E. Rodriguez, PhD, AAL vice president and the program’s project lead. “The program was designed to help dental and dental-hygiene educators learn about the fundamentals of clinical research and support them as they begin studies of their own. Colgate’s efforts provide a rare opportunity to educators who otherwise wouldn’t have the time or resources to access a high-quality, in-depth training program.”

The program is hosted on the Colgate Dental Educators website. Participants must register on the site using a unique access code to gain access. The required code is available from the country or regional Colgate professional representative and academic team. Dental school faculty members in the United States who are interested in participating should contact the Colgate Academic Manager in their regions. Those outside the United States can contact their local Colgate professional representative for more information and access.

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