Dental Ethics and DEI: Toward a Strategic Plan to Align Clinical Ethics with the Competencies of DEI

TitleDental Ethics and DEI: Toward a Strategic Plan to Align Clinical Ethics with the Competencies of DEI
Duration1 Year
Project Summary

Over the years, the UBC Faculty of Dentistry has supported foundational ethics education. In recent times, this commitment has expanded and intensified across the entire duration of dental professionals' education and training. The curriculum includes significant learning experiences using case-based ethical analysis preparing students for dynamic, real-world scenarios involving interactive sessions with clients, often portrayed by actors or through role-playing. These sessions assess students' abilities in effective communication, ethical and professional decision-making, and fostering shared ethical decision processes with clients. The objective is to create a strategic education plan aligning clinical dental ethics with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) competencies. The aspiration is that students will cultivate their distinct ethics and DEI competencies by delving into the principles of DEI and ethics principles. The aim is to transition principle-based knowledge of ethics and DEI into specific competencies and identify actions supporting DEI principles in clinical settings through case scenarios.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2024/2025
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorPhilip D. Crowell
Year 1: Funded Amount27,521
Year 1: Team Members

Philip D. Crowel, Clinical Assistant Professor / Dental and Medical Ethics Theme Leader, Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine
Shimae Soheilipour, Clinical Assistant Professor, Oral Health Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry
Diego M. Ardenghi, Associate Professor of Teaching / Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Oral Health Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry
Ethan Lee, DMD 1st Year Student