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Faculty Retreat Focuses on CODA, Wellness, Culture

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 4:04pm

John N. Williams, DMD, 2013-14 chair of the Commission on Dental Accreditation, speaks at the School of Dentistry’s annual Faculty Retreat.

John N. Williams, DMD, 2013-14 chair of the Commission on Dental Accreditation, begins his program at the School of Dentistry’s annual Faculty Retreat. Photo by Rhonda Whitmeyer.

John N. Williams, DMD, MBA, 2013-14 chair of the Commission on Dental Accreditation, was a keynote speaker and continuing education provider for The University of Texas School of Dentistry’s Faculty Retreat at the Denton A. Cooley, MD, and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center June 26-27.  

Other keynote presenters included Charlene Dewey, MD, MEd, co-director of the Center for Professional Health at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; and two speakers from the UTHealth Employee Assistance ProgramSharlene Johnson, MA, LPC-S, LBSW, LCDC and Anjanette Sullivan, MA.

Williams facilitated “CODA Overview: Perspectives on Revised Predoctoral Standards,” a course that invited participants to assess standards for critical thinking, ethics and professionalism, appraisal and communication of the scientific literature, replacement of missing teeth, evidence-based patient care and continuous quality improvement.

Williams is dean of Indiana University School of Dentistry, a position he has held since June 2010. He is a 1974 graduate of Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky and a 1980 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. After graduation, he entered private general practice and held part-time positions at Louisville Memorial Primary Care Center and the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women. He joined the Department of Community Dentistry at the University of Louisville in 1986.

Over the past 25 years, Williams has written and made presentations to dental practitioners and educators on dental practice management, the application and use of computers and information technology to improve patient care and instruction, and educational policy. In addition to chairing CODA for 2013-14, Williams is the 2010-14 chair of the CODA Predoctoral Review Committee, which oversees accreditation policy for all DDS/DMD educational programs in the U.S.

Charlene Dewey, MD, MEd


Dewey’s topic was “Professionalism and the Professional Health and Wellness of the Dentist:  From Wellness to Impairment.” 

She is a 1990 graduate of Morehouse School of Medicine and completed a residency in social internal medicine in 1993 at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center. She was on the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine for 15 years, working with underserved and uninsured populations of Houston.

Dewey earned a master’s degree in medical education in 2004 from the University of Houston and joined the Vanderbilt University faculty in 2007.  At Vanderbilt, she chairs the Faculty and Physician Wellness Committee and serves as director of the Educator Development Program, in addition to co-directing the Center for Professional Health.

The UTHealth Employee Assistance Program speakers, Sharlene Johnson and Anjanette Sullivan, spoke on “Appreciating Differences.”  Their program’s goals were to improve understanding of cultural competency and the role it plays in the workplace, learn the importance and benefits of cultural competency and enable participants to respond more effectively to differences of others.

Johnson is an assessment and referral specialist with UT Counseling and Worklife Services and has been a therapist for more than 25 years. Her experience includes providing individual, group and family therapy to address, anxiety, depression, grief, personal and work stressors, marital issues, family and blended family matters. She facilitates presentations to address topics such as cultural differences, stress management, effective communication, and workplace civility, to mention a few. Through the mediation process she helps co-workers and families identify root causes of their conflicts along with solutions to address them.  

Sullivan is the learning and development manager for UTHealth Human Resources. She holds a master’s degree from Pfeiffer University and worked as a performance improvement specialist and training manager for several large companies before joining UTHealth.