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CDA/Dentsply Sirona Student Clinician Research Program: Episode 1, Ellen Woodworth

The CDA/Dentsply Sirona Student Clinician Research Program provides an opportunity for one dental student from each accredited dental school in Canada to participate in a national clinical research competition. 

This program is designed to stimulate ideas, improve communication, and increase student involvement in the advancement of the dental profession. Managed by CDA and sponsored by Dentsply Sirona Canada and International divisions, the program is held in conjunction with the CDA’s annual convention. 

Today, Ellen Woodworth, a fourth-year student at Dalhousie University, Faculty of Dentistry, joins Dr. John O’Keefe to present her research project entitled “Investigating Perceptions on Parental Presence in the Dental Operatory.”

In this conversation, Ms. Woodworth talks about:

  • Investigating a potential disconnect between parents/guardians and dentists, regarding parental presence in the dental operatory during their child’s treatment.
  • Research methodology, including surveys completed by parents/guardians and dentists.
  • Research findings.
  • Key implications for dentists treating pediatric patients.
  • Facilitating better communication between parents/guardians and dentists. 
  • Skills and techniques used by dentists to effectively communicate the benefits of remaining outside of the dental operatory. 
  • How this research will guide her own interactions with parents/guardians when she starts clinical practice. 

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Until next time!

CDA Oasis Team

Read/download the transcript of the conversation (PDF)

Read/download the transcript of the presentation (PDF)

Watch the Full Conversation (8.14″)

Presentation (10.02″)


1 Comment

  1. Clive Friedman October 23, 2019

    Ellen Congratulations on this research — great topic and well presented . Next step – identifying key methodologies for communication techniques and suggestions especially for the younger dentists or students with respect to separation


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