Information Technology in Oral Surgery Abstracts

Effective Oral Presentation Techniques

The design of information underlying many activities in informatics is based on a science with tenets and constraints independent of what is designed, be it a Website, user interface or brochure. Unfortunately, most dentists, including oral surgeons, lack a thorough foundation in information design, resulting in less than optimal outcomes in design tasks. For example, if information is poorly presented, it usually fails to persuade the intended audience. Thus, the oral presentation for the thesis defense falls flat because of insufficiently developed oratory skills; or excellent oratory skills are overshadowed by poorly designed PowerPoint slides. This presentation is designed to introduce you to practical aspects of information design, with special emphasis on how to tell a compelling story using various media. Several short demonstration videos will be shown with many examples of excellent visual design.

The Art of Poster Planning, Design and Printing

Poster presentations given at scientific meetings are widely used in medicine and dentistry to communicate a snapshot of your project intended to engage peers in a dialog about the methodology or early findings. A good poster presentation can be an effective way to share the results of your research with your peers in a collegial and nonthreatening atmosphere—often resulting in long-lasting collaborations. Feedback received during a poster session can be invaluable in refining your research and preparing for publication in a peer reviewed journal. This presentation will introduce you to effective poster planning, design and printing, including why posters are distinctly different from paper and should not be a copy & paste from an early draft manuscript. In addition, I will share seven myths about poster design. There will be emphasis on how to communicate quantitative information following principles of information design guru Edward Tufte.

Effective Grant Writing Techniques 

Whether you apply for a National Institute for Health Research grant or try to get money from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, you need to persuade your peers to provide you with the limited funds available and instead of someone else.

This presentation will focus on how to tell a compelling story and use innovative visuals to support your ideas to the time-pressed reviewer. We will start by diving into the minds of reviewers and then discuss the planning and preparation process that leads to a successful grant application. This presentation has the goal to make you better at convincing reviewers that what you propose is important and worth funding.

Effective Use of Video

YouTube has more than 1 billion users; everyday people watch hundreds of millions of hours on YouTube. How can we as dental educators and clinicians use video for instructional purposes for our students and for outreach efforts to our patients? How do we protect our patients’ privacy when producing case-study videos? What does it take to produce an instructional video that meets the expectations of our students and residents who are consuming commercially produced video on a daily basis? This presentation will answer these questions and discuss the dos and don’ts of video production for health science educators and clinicians.

Social Media Marketing for Oral Surgeons

While there seems to be a widespread fear about the use of social media among health care professionals due to some highly publicized cases of patient privacy violations, there are tremendous opportunities for oral surgeons who use these emerging communication channels. Through outreach and community engagement, oral surgeons cannot only promote their own services, but become community leaders and health advocates. This presentation will focus on legal and ethical aspects of social media as well as on providing practical guidelines on how to get the most out of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media services. Learn how to develop your own online medical professionalism principles and standards.

Technology On The Horizon

This potpourri of emerging technologies will showcase what is currently under development that can be useful for oral surgeons. You will learn about “an Uber for your teeth” and which gadgets belongs to the Internet of Dental Things, such as the intelligent toothbrush that talks to your smart phone. But, we will also discuss new 3D reconstruction technologies, resorbable metals and new bone putty. This session will conclude with what you need to know about the new “Big Data” trend as an oral surgeon.