A New Dental School Paradigm
Ms. Smith et al. describe the development, implementation, and assessment of the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, a recently established school designed to address many of the challenges currently facing dental education. The article also includes an outcomes analysis of seven years of the school's operation under what is now known as the Arizona Model.
Dental Students and Special Needs Patients
In their study, Ms. Vainio et al. explored dental students' perceptions of their education in caring for special needs patients, their satisfaction with this education, and their attitudes concerning treating these patients in the future. This study found a correlation between the students' perceived quality of their education in this area and their intentions to treat special needs patients. The first two authors of this study are dental students.
Developing a Dental Diagnostic Terminology
With no previous commonly accepted standardized terminology for oral diseases, Dr. Kalenderian et al. describe here the efforts of a group of faculty members from several dental schools to develop one. The resulting structure of 1,158 diagnostic terms, hierarchically organized and mappable to other terminologies, is designed to facilitate clinical research, quality assurance, and patient communication. This ongoing effort is a project of the Consortium for Oral Health-Related Informatics, which now includes more than twenty dental schools.ï¿½
An Instrument to Measure Moral Behavior in Dentistry
Dr. Chambers describes the development of a short, self-scoring instrument to measure four components of moral behaviorâ€”moral sensitivity, moral reasoning, moral integrity, and moral courageâ€”and his validation of the instrument with groups of dental students, clinical faculty members, and dental practitioners.
Educating Dental Therapists
With Minnesota's establishment in 2009 of a new dental team memberâ€”the dental therapistâ€”Prof. Blue and Dr. Lopez describe here the creation of a dental therapy education program at the University of Minnesota and the characteristics and motivations of its first class. This article should contribute to current discussions on ways to expand the dental team to improve access to care.
Advertising Dental Specialty Faculty Positions
This article by Dr. Ballard et al. reports on the results of their survey to determine the number of vacant positions in specialty programs at U.S. dental schools and the means by which program directors seek candidates for those positions. While networking or word-of-mouth was reported as the most successful method, the responses also identified the potential for greater use of advertising, especially via professional associations' websites.ï¿½ï¿½
Also included in this issue are the following articles:
"Comparison of Extramural Clinical Rotation Days: Did the Pipeline Program Make a Difference?" by Dr. Atchison et al.;
"Caries Risk Assessment/Treatment Programs in U.S. Dental Schools: An Eleven-Year Follow-Up" by Dr. Yorty et al.;
"Prerequisites in Behavioral Science and Business: Opportunities for Dental Education" by Dr. Dunning et al.;
"Recruitment, Development, and Retention of Dental Faculty in a Changing Environment" by Dr. John et al.;
"Association Between National Board Dental Examination Part II Scores and Comprehensive Examinations at Harvard School of Dental Medicine" by Dr. Lee et al.;
"An Evaluation of Cone-Beam Computed Tomography Use in Postgraduate Orthodontic Programs in the United States and Canada" by Dr. Smith et al.;
"Attitudes of Postgraduate Orthodontic Students in India Towards Patient-Centered Care" by Dr. Madhan et al.; and
"Motivation Towards Career Choice of Brazilian Freshman Students in a Fifteen-Year Period" by Dr. Freire et al.