Leadership Essentials for Advanced Programs (LEAP)

Workshop for Directors of Advanced Education Programs in Dentistry​

Atlanta | May 7-8, 2020


This 2-day program is designed to prepare new or incoming directors from all advanced dental education programs for the different leadership, administration, teaching, and mentoring challenges they encounter while serving in their roles. LEAP, executed by experienced past and present program directors, academic executives, and leadership consultants, will address various aspects of the program director’s roles and responsibilities and provide useful tools, skills and procedures that can be immediately applied to any advanced program.

Engage on these onsite topics, among others:

• Communication and leadership styles
• Faculty and staff motivation
• Strategic planning and execution
• Manage challenging residents
• Resident and faculty recruitment

During the program, you will explore how to:

Enhance leadership and management skills

Prepare for CODA accreditation

Utilize evaluation and feedback to empower and improve resident performance

Join a growing network of dental program directors to exchange and share experience ideas, tools and opportunities

Impact your residents to give back and be involved in their specialties

Create a positive and exciting environment for learning

Program Faculty

N. Karl Haden, Ph.D., is President and CEO of AAL. He oversees ongoing leadership development initiatives for numerous organizations, including the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Dental Education Association, the Dental Trade Alliance, and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative. Dr. Haden is a Fellow (Hon.) of the American College of Dentists and a Fellow of the Center for the Study of the Great Ideas.


Jacob K. Stern, DMD, M.Sc, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Currently, he is an Associate Professor, in Periodontics at the Dental College of Georgia (DCG), Augusta University (AU) where he served as program director for the advanced education in Periodontics. In addition to his faculty practice, Dr. Stern serves as a consultant for the Ronald Goldstein Esthetic Implant Center at AU and for the VA Medical Center, Augusta, Ga.skills and procedures that can be immediately applied to any advanced program.


Carol Lefebvre, DDS, MA, is the Dean and Professor of Prosthodontics at The Dental College of Georgia (DCG) at Augusta University. She oversaw the planning and design of the new Dental College of Georgia facility which opened in 2011.


Additional Faculty To Be Announced