CE Course: Clinical Education & Generation Z: What We Know So Far to Meet Their Needs and Be Effective

Course Description

Clinical Education & Generation Z
How do we approach generation Z as effective educators?
Do we need to change our current methods?
Will adapting to this generation eventually lead to better student performance and patient care?

This course will cover the general characteristics of a new generation of students in healthcare (generation Z) and the need to consider technology, communication, educational methods, and wellness. We will explore all these considerations and effective ways to appropriately respond to different scenarios commonly experienced in clinical education that will result in more positive outcomes with generation Z students. There will be open discussions on personal views and experiences with increasing technology used in educational methods. The impact of the pandemic on students and on clinical education will also be covered, including evidence-based approaches in responding to the interruption of education, how these methods were utilized to meet the current needs of students while maintaining accreditation standards, and how this has shaped learners and educators for the future.

This course will be helpful to healthcare educators with various levels of teaching experience, even for those not currently working as educators, but interested in pursuing a career in education.

Upon completion of this course, the practitioner will be able to:

  • Describe the general characteristics of generation Z
  • Determine effective ways to respond to different teaching situations involving generation Z students
  • Explain the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on students and on clinical education
  • Describe evidence-based educational methods that will meet the needs of students in the current environment

2 live CE credits

Consists of a 2-hour live Zoom class session, incorporating activities and discussion.


Live Zoom Session
Monday, January 24, 2022
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm ET

Course fee:   $38

Refund/Cancellation Policies
Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable to any other course. However, if a course was registered in error, a refund may be granted. The refund request must be made within 24 hours of registration and emailed to Toni DePena at toni@nyu.edu. If any courses are canceled by NYU, a full refund will be given; in that case, students will not need to request a refund. Partial refunds will not be granted for any missed sessions.


Meet the Instructors

Dianne L. Sefo, MEd, RDH

This course will be taught by Professor Dianne Sefo, NYU College of Dentistry.

Dianne L. Sefo, MEd, RDH, is a Clinical Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Dental Hygiene & Dental Assisting at New York University College of Dentistry. She participates in didactic and clinical dental hygiene education. Dianne has also held positions at various private practices in New York State and Southern California. She has earned many awards and scholarships throughout her professional career and is an inducted member of NYU College of Dentistry Academy of Distinguished Educators and Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education. She is also a current member and past president of Sigma Phi Alpha - Psi Chapter, a National Dental Hygiene Honor Society. Her research concentrations have been in oral-systemic health and clinical dental education. Dianne is a co-inventor of a haptic-based learning tool for pre-clinical dental education - "Haptodont". In addition to her teaching, research and clinical activities, she is a reviewer and a published author of peer-reviewed journals, continuing education courses, book chapters, and other publications pertaining to dental education and the advancement of the standard of care in evidence-based dental hygiene therapy.

New York University is designated as an approved Provider by the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Inc. #AADHNYU (January 1, 2021 December 31, 2021). Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial Board of Dentistry.


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