Dental Education Learning and Teaching Academy (D.E.L.T.A.) Mini-Residency Program 2022
  • Live-Streamed Online Module I  (Synchronous)
    • Thursday, June 16, 2022 - Friday, June 17, 2022 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day
  • Educational Research Project: From Idea to Publication (Asynchronous)
    • July-October 2022
  • Live-Streamed Online Module II (Synchronous)
    • Thursday, November 17, 2022 - Friday, November 18, 2022 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day

The registration period has closed for this event.


Informational Webinar

We held an informational webinar for this program:


A Mini-Residency in Dental Education: Why, How and When?

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST


Watch the recording here:


Learning Objectives

The D.E.L.T.A. Mini-Residency Program offers a variety of activities to foster comprehensive professional development.


By the end of the mini-residency program, participants will be able to:

  • understand curriculum design/development, assessment, pedagogy and use of technology to support educators
  • design, develop, implement, and present an educational research project
  • create a portfolio that can serve as a resource and facilitate faculty promotions and/or career advancements
  • understand key principles in meaningful academic leadership and service


Target Audience
  • Faculty members from all stages in their academic career
  • Clinicians that are considering teaching in a dental school
  • Dentists interested in becoming or strengthening their skills as professional speakers in the field


Program Overview

Dental Education Learning and Teaching Academy (D.E.L.T.A.) Mini-Residency Program is designed to allow the participants to develop as successful educators and leaders in the profession. Fostering a successful academic career involves recognizing the emphasis placed on three critical activities: teaching and learning, educational research, and service.


Participants of this program will receive formal training in curriculum development, assessment and pedagogy, development and implementation of an educational research project, and overview of the administrative aspects of high-class academia. During the process, the participants will join and build a networking community in educational research and leadership.


June 2022 (Live-Streamed Online):

  • Fundamentals of Teaching and Learning (Part 1)
  • Basics of Educational Research
  • Dental Education Literature Review
  • Developing Case Studies


June-October 2022 (Guided Self-Study):

  • Educational Research Project
  • Literature Review
  • Proposal
  • Presentation


November 2022 (Live-Streamed Online):

  • Fundamentals of Teaching and Learning (Part 2)
  • Assessment in Dentistry
  • Technology and Innovation in Dental Education
  • Academic Leadership vs. Project Management


Program Directors

NADEEM KARIMBUX, DMD, MMSc, Dean and Professor Periodontology, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. His areas of expertise are teaching and educational leadership, and is recognized nationally and internationally in the development of educational methods, curricula, policy, and assessment tools. Dr. Karimbux has received numerous honors during his academic career, including the G.W. Teuscher Award from the American Society of Dentistry for Children, the Periodontal Educator Award from the American Academy of Periodontology, and Distinguished Faculty Awards from Harvard School of Dental Medicine. In 2010, he received the Presidential Citation from the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). He has served as Editor of the Journal of Dental Education, and has published more than 100 papers, authored textbooks, and lectured worldwide. In 2015, he received the Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service from the University. See Faculty Profile Here

GABRIELA LAGRECA, DDS, Assistant Professor and Director of Faculty Education and Instructional Development,  Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Lagreca is a Board-Certified Prosthodontist and fellow of the American Board of Prosthodontics. She received her first dental degree (DDS) from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas. She then received her certificate in Prosthodontics, Implant Fellowship training and and currently Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degrees from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM). Dr. Lagreca teaches in classroom, clinical and preclinical prosthodontics to pre and postdoctoral residents and supports the Office of Academic Affairs in faculty development, training, and calibration. Dr. Lagreca is the President of the American College of Prosthodontics Massachusetts section, where she collaborates with dental professionals from all three dental schools in MA. Dr. Lagreca’s achievements have been recognized by the Incisal Edge Magazine 40-under-40 2021 Award and The American Dental Association. See Faculty Profile Here

IRINA F. DRAGAN, DMD, DDS, MS, Adjunct Associate Professor and  Former Director of Faculty Education and Instructional Development, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Irina Dragan is a Diplomate and Examiner of the American Board of Periodontology. She received her first dental degree (DDS) from Carol Davila University in Romania. She then received her certificate in Periodontology, Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degrees from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM). Dr. Dragan also completed an advanced education program at New York University College of Dentistry in Comprehensive Dentistry with a concentration in esthetic dentistry.  In collaboration with Dean Nadeem Karimbux, she co-founded the Dental Education Learning and Teaching Academy (D.E.L.T.A.) Fellowship and Mini-Residency programs. These programs prepare dental educators nationally and globally on fundamentals of teaching and educational research. She has published, authored chapters in textbooks and, is one of the editors of the “Newman and Carranza’s Essentials of Clinical Periodontology: an Integrated Study Companion”. Her academic and professional achievements have been recognized with the University Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service, American Dental Education Association Chair of the Board of Directors (Presidential) Citation, American Academy of Periodontology Foundation Tarrson Fellowship Award, Academy of Osseointegration Applied Clinical Research Award, and most recently Massachusetts Dental Society “10 under 10” Award.  See Faculty Profile Here

Message from the Directors

“At times, when change is the only constant for dental education, an overview of key pillars and innovative educational technologies is vital for the sustainability of dental education. During this Mini-Residency, participants will be able to engage with educational experts in different synchronous and asynchronous formats—one-on-one, small group, lecture and individual studyand embark on an educational research journey from idea to publication. The guest speakers will share specifics for various settings (didactic, preclinic, clinic, and administrative) and disciplines (periodontology, prosthodontics, endodontics, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics and diagnostic sciences).”


A portion of the proceeds of the program will go to a fund to support the current and next generations of full-time junior faculty members (any stage and/or age) at TUSDM.


Dean Karimbux's thoughts on DELTA

Video from Dean Karimbux on the importance of a comprehensive professional development for faculty

CE Credits

40 CEU hours are available: 28 lecture CE credit (live-stream online) and 12 self-study CE credit (asynchronous)

Course Fee

*Use Discount Code 300offdelta2022 for $300 before May 1st!**



General Public $6,000

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Faculty Members $3,000 (2 available)

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Alumni $4,500


Payment Plan: If you would like to take advantage of our payment plan to pay your tuition in 2 equal installments, please call us to pay by phone at 617.636.6629. Installment 1 is due within one month of registration and Installment 2 is due by October 17, 2022.


Refund Policy for Mini-Residency Programs: Full tuition refund or credit will be given for cancellations received at least one month prior to the course start date. Refunds or tuition credit will not be given after that time or to no-shows.


Wait List Policy: If a CE course obtains enough registrations where a wait list is established, the CE office will notify individuals with unpaid registration balances and ask them to pay their balance to secure their place in the course. If payment is not made to secure their place, the CE office has the right to offer that place to a paying individual on the wait list.

Scholarship Available

This course has 2 available scholarships. This scholarship is for $3000 off the total tuition of the program.


To apply for the scholarship please fill our our survey. The CE team and Program Directors will reach out to you once your application has been reviewed.



Only 10 seats available.


For academic or program questions, please contact Dr. Gabriela Lagreca at


For course registration questions, please contact the Office of Continuing Education at 617.636.6629 or


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This program is supported by: BioHorizons


If you are a company and are interested in sponsoring this program, please contact the Office of Continuing Education at 617.636.6629 or


Here are some thoughts from our previous sponsors of this program:


'Dr. Dragan has long been an advocate for new technologies in dental education. It has been a pleasure working with her and the team to bring eye tracking to the DELTA module and we appreciate the opportunity to showcase our solutions to the larger Tufts research community!'


'We felt the event was well thought out and truly embraced a collaborative atmosphere even during these unique times. We're already looking forward to the next event.'




“Through working on my educational research projects, applying to residency and working on evaluating our dental school's curriculum regarding education on patients with special needs, I was able to make the most of the resources that our school had to offer and learn more about academic dentistry. Additionally, it fostered intimate and meaningful relationships as I got to know my colleagues and mentors through various experiences and learn about each other and our values and to support each other. I was able to use the tools that I learned to help other colleagues with their own projects and connect them with others that I had met along the way. It has fostered a great appreciation to mentorship both as a mentor and mentee.”


“When you're a student, you don't always know what goes on behind the scenes to deliver information to you, I've learned there is a science to formulating curriculum, to evaluating progress, to aligning your assessments with the course's objectives.”


“I'm writing this email to express my gratitude for the opportunity to participate in the DELTA mini-residency. I may not have adequately described how much this experience meant to me. I truly enjoyed working with my mentor, and I appreciate your fantastic feedback through Canvas. I wanted to thank everyone involved in selecting me to be one of the two lucky candidates to be awarded a scholarship. I did not think I would be chosen, and I can't thank enough everyone involved. I could not miss that opportunity, so I had to make it happen with my government ministry of higher education scholarship, and the difficulties with them, in the end, were more than worth it.”


“Thank you again for a most outstanding experience. I really benefitted tremendously from the DELTA program, and you are truly an inspiration.”


This is a Live-Streamed Virtual Program