About Penn Dental Medicine

The mission of Penn Dental Medicine is to educate pre-doctoral and graduate dental students in the highest quality clinical and research environment. Established in 1878, Penn Dental Medicine is a private, Ivy League institution with a history deeply rooted in forging precedents in dental education, research, and patient care.

Since its founding, dentistry has been taught in a scientific environment as a specialty of medicine and under the multidisciplinary umbrella of the University of Pennsylvania.

About AAL

AAL is a health and higher education consulting firm headquartered in Atlanta. AAL works with organizational leaders to achieve their goals through strategy and professional development.

The firm has helped over 150 institutions and 5,000 corporate and academic healthcare executives, educators, and practitioners to advance in their fields.

Program Overview

Fundamentals of Clinical Education is an online certificate program designed and facilitated by AAL and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. It serves to orient, prepare, and calibrate new and transitioning clinical faculty to be effective predoctoral, postgraduate, and dental hygiene clinical educators.

Developed and vetted by leading experts in the field, the program is comprised of five learning modules covering fundamental knowledge areas as well as best practices. Each module utilizes video, lectures, interviews, simulations, and assessments to provide comprehensive training. Covered topics include:

  • Effectively communicating with students and understanding different learning styles
  • Cultural competencies and the changing landscape of dental & dental hygiene education
  • Techniques for student motivation
  • The importance of positive and negative feedback
  • Calibration for clinical education
  • Utilization of mentors as new faculty members
  • Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
  • Best practices for working with challenged students

This certificate program provides participants the flexibility of an at-your-pace online learning experience taught by faculty from Penn Dental Medicine and AAL.

Contact AAL to discuss how you can incorporate this online program into your new faculty orientation/on-boarding process.  

Uri Hangorsky, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Hangorsky is the Associate Dean for Student Life, Admissions and Director of the Program for Advanced Dental Students (PASS) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine where he also serves as the Clinical Professor and the Interim Chair of Periodontics. He had previously served as the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Penn Dental. Dr. Hangorsky received his DDS degree from Columbia University, completed his General Practice Residency at the University of Vermont followed by periodontal certificate and master’s degree in periodontology at Case Western University in Cleveland Ohio. Dr. Hangorsky has served as a dental licensing examiner at the CDCA, and as CODA site visitor during accreditation visits in several dental schools in the US.

Dr. Hangorsky currently serves on the ADA Council on Education and Licensure. He is also a member of the ADEA Policy and Research Committee. Dr. Hangorsky along with his colleagues has produced two MOOC courses titled “Introduction to Dental Medicine” and “Oral Cavity- Portal to Health and Disease” which have been visited by more than 22,000 visitors globally. Dr. Hangorsky’s contributions to dental education have been recognized by several teaching awards including the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Graduate Periodontics Outstanding Teaching Award.


Marnie Oakley, D.M.D.

Dr. Oakley is a Senior Consultant for AAL and works extensively in the areas of clinical teaching, preceptorship, and leadership development. In addition to her role at AAL, Dr. Oakley serves as the Senior Associate Dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. She served an active duty 4-year tour as Dental Officer in the United States Navy. In her experience as a clinical teacher for over two decades, she has been responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive care clinical curriculum that is focused on student learning, assessment, and patient care outcomes. Dr. Oakley has also developed and implemented formalized marketing plans targeted on improving clinical operations.

She works together with university development and human resource teams to strategically create and actualize reorganization plans that promote workflow efficiencies in the clinical environment. She has had experience serving as a schoolwide site visit coordinator for a Commission on Dental Accreditation site visit and, in turn, understands what is required to build a quality management and improvement plan that measures school-specific standards of care. In her 6 years serving as a department chair and her 7 years as the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, has taken great pride in recognizing human talent and applying strengths of employees to maximize efficiency and success in support of a strategic vision and plan. She continuously inspires a robust customer service approach to empower employees to serve their customers across all fronts in dental education.

Please contact AAL for more information regarding individual tuition and institutional licensing.

Institutional licenses with significant discounts are available at different tier levels.

Each registrant, including individual and institutional participant, will receive a Certificate of Completion issued by the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and AAL when successfully completes the course.