Post- SEAADE 2018 workshop 1:
Nurturing Professionalism In Dentistry– Defining The Role Of Dental Education 
Date: 13th September 2018 (Thursday)
Time: 13:30 – 17:00
Place: Ballroom 2
Speaker: Professor Allan PAU 
               Associate Professor WONG Mun Loke                                                                                                      

Professionalism is a key and essential attribute of the healthcare profession.  There have been various definitions of “professionalism” in the context of healthcare.   Broadly, these definitions underscore a set of values, beliefs and behaviours which define how the profession and individuals within the profession should act and behave in relation to their patients and the care they deliver.  Given that much of professionalism revolves around values and beliefs, it is often argued that it is challenging to teach it.  This brings to question the role of dental education in shaping professionalism in our students; and eventually when they graduate as dentists.  The concept of “professionalism” can sometimes be difficult to grasp as it may be perceived as being philosophical.  This presents an additional challenge to teaching professionalism.  
This workshop aims to provide a platform for dental educators to 
a.    discuss the parameters of professionalism specific to dentistry;
b.    articulate the key tenets of professionalism relevant to dentistry;
c.    discuss potential threats to and drivers in the teaching of professionalism;
d.    discuss possible strategies, techniques and approaches to teach and assess professionalism as part of holistic dental education;
e.    co-develop a potential blueprint to help dental educators build their capacities for teaching and assessing professionalism.

Professor Allan PAU  Dean School of Dentistry

International Medical University Malaysia

Associate Professor WONG Mun Loke Vice Dean (Academic Affairs) Faculty of Dentistry National University of Singapore


Professor Allan PAU
Dean, School of Dentistry International Medical University (IMU) Malaysia

Allan Pau is Professor in Dental Public Health at The International Medical University (IMU) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He graduated from King’s College London with BDS, and completed his MSc and PhD in Dental Public Health at Queen Mary University of London. He was elected to The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) as a Fellow in Dental Surgery (FDS) after successful completion of his specialist training, and was entered into the UK’s General Dental Council List of Dental Public Health Specialists. He is also on the Malaysian National Specialists Register. In addition to his commitments at IMU, Prof Allan is also serving as a member on the Malaysian Dental Council, the Steering Committee for the National Oral Health Survey of Preschool Children, and the National Oral Health Research Initiatives Committee. 

Associate Professor WONG Mun Loke
Vice Dean (Academic Affairs)
Faculty of Dentistry
National University of Singapore

A/P Wong Mun Loke is currently the Vice Dean (Academic Affairs) in the Faculty of Dentistry, National University of Singapore.  He oversees the strategic planning, development, implementation and monitoring of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S) programme. Trained in Dental Public Health at the Eastman Dental Institute, University College London, A/P Wong is also the Co-Ordinator of the undergraduate Dental Public Health programme where he helms a significant part of the teaching.  He also plans and delivers the Behavioural Science programme in the pre-clinical and clinical phases of the undergraduate training.  He has an interest in inter-professional education to champion collaborative learning and practice across the healthcare professions and serves as a Co-Chair of the NUS Inter-Professional Education Steering Committee. Apart from education, A/P Wong also engages in research in the fields of health promotion; geriatric dentistry; behavioural science; health services research and educational research.  Prior to his full-time academic career, A/P Wong spent close to 15 years working in the Health Promotion Board, Singapore. During that time, he held a wide range of preventive health care portfolios and leadership roles in oral and general health promotion covering a broad spectrum of public health concerns including tobacco control, nutrition, obesity prevention, mental wellness, as well as, senior management functions.  In the earlier years of his career, he also assumed clinical roles in general paediatric dentistry.