November 8, 2017, Ottawa Canada - On October 19, 2017 the ADEA Gies Foundation announced Dr. Jack Gerrow, Executive Director and Registrar of the NDEB, as a recipient of a 2018 Gies Award for Innovation – Dental Educator.
The William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement honor individuals and organizations that exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental research, education and leadership.
“I am honoured to be included among the recipients of this prestigious award and am appreciative of the efforts of those who prepared my nomination” said Dr. Gerrow. “I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to mentor and be mentored by so many individuals throughout my career in dental education.”
After receiving his DDS from the University of Toronto and a graduate degree in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa, Dr. Gerrow split his time between private practice and academic dentistry as a professor at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Dentistry. Dr. Gerrow went on to pursue a Masters of Education and has since been the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry’s Distinguished Service Award, the W.W. Wood Award for Teaching Excellence, Dalhousie University Award for Teaching Excellence, and the CDA Distinguished Service Award. “Jack is a visionary educator and innovator who anticipated changes in dental education and challenged the ‘status quo’ to help institutions and agencies adapt to those changes” states Dr. Marcia Boyd. “His foundational work influenced teaching and testing in dental faculties across the continent.”
In 1994, Dr. Gerrow’s experience in evaluation led him to his current role as Executive Director and Registrar of the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB). As Executive Director and Registrar, Dr. Gerrow has worked with colleagues to establish and maintain the national certification process for general dentistry in Canada which included development of the NDEB’s Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). The OSCE is now recognized as a benchmark for testing competency of beginning dental practitioners.
Dr. Gerrow took a leadership role in the development of the first competencies for beginning dental practitioners in Canada and has been an active participant in the revision of the document over the years. He also played a pivotal role in the development of both the qualifying programs and Equivalency Process: pathways for graduates of non-accredited dental programs to obtain certification and licensure as dentists in Canada.
His career has taken him around the world and he has worked closely with other international Boards, Councils and Committees to improve their evaluation processes, and has been an active supporter of the ADEA and ADA in their pursuit of change to dental licensure in the United States.
Earlier this year, Dr. Gerrow announced his retirement and will complete his tenure as Executive Director and Registrar of the NDEB on December 31, 2017.
The 2018 ADEA Gies Awards will be presented during the ADEA Annual Session March 19, 2018 in Orlando, Florida.