The American Association of Dental Schools, now the American Dental Education Association worked with the nation's dental schools and leaders in the profession to strengthen the status of dentistry as a science-based profession.
The Association accomplished the following under the grant:
- Appointed two special groups to investigate two key issues emerging from its 1998 75th Anniversary Summit Conference: the Commission on the Cost of Education and the Task Force on Future Dental School Faculty.
- Participated in a Dental Specialty Task Force, comprised of representatives of dental specialties, to address ways that the specialties could provide financial support to those pursuing academic careers.
- Created the Center for Educational Policy and Research to guide and formulate educational policy for dental schools.
- Established the Leadership Institute, a yearlong fellowship program, to train the nation's most promising dental faculty.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided $50,000 in funding from January to December 1999 to support the project.