Challenges in the transition to clinical training in dentistry: An ADEE special interest group initial report

Serrano, C. M.; Botelho, M. G.; Wesselink, P. R.; Vervoorn, J. M.


IntroductionCurricular integration in higher education has been widely supported in the educational literature. As a result, several health care and specifically dental curricula have evolved from compartmentalised disciplinary training to integrated modalities; however, in many courses, a pre-clinical-clinical watershed remains a barrier to integration in dental education. This article introduces a general description of the pre-clinical-clinical transition in dentistry according to the outcomes of the discussion held during the first working group session of the Transition to Clinical Training Special Interest Group during the 2016 annual meeting of the Association for Dental Education in Europe. Materials and MethodsAn online questionnaire was made available before the meeting to survey the curricular characteristics of the participants' schools. During the meeting, a working session related to the pre-clinical-clinical transition occurred. Conclusions from the discussion are summarised in this article. ResultsFourteen dental schools from 12 countries participated in the online survey. The included programmes had an average duration of 5.3years (SD=0.48), with high school or the local equivalent as the required entrance level for dentistry. The hybrid curriculum was the leading curriculum design (n=9) followed by competence-based curricula (n=3), with patient treatment as the core of clinical training in every included programme. ConclusionThe pre-clinical-clinical transition in dentistry is a recognisable matter in dental education that requires assessment and research to ease the management of a stage with relevant influence on educational outcomes. This article presents an initial framework for further research and educational intervention.

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Título según WOS: ID WOS:000436936300019 Not found in local WOS DB
Volumen: 22
Número: 3
Editorial: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Fecha de publicación: 2018
Página de inicio: E451
Página final: E457


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