Bulletin of Dental Education

January 2010 Journal of Dental Education Previews

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Symposium on Geriatric Dental Education
This special section consists of an introduction and revised versions of four papers presented at AADR and IADR symposia on the research and educational needs of the dental profession as it serves increasingly elderly societies. The introduction is by Drs. Bullock, Berkey, and Smith; individual articles are by Drs. Best, MacEntee, Shah, and Ettinger. 

Using Preceptor-Student Communication as Teachable Moments in Clinic
In this article, Dr. Sakaguchi presents the iCARE method developed at Oregon Health & Science University's dental school clinic in which the preceptor uses a series of ordered tasks to help the student collect data about the patient's condition, analyze the data, and consider scientific evidence and the patient's profile in formulating diagnostic and treatment plans. This method promotes students' critical thinking and encourages their use of scientific evidence in patient care.

Service-Learning Training of AEGD Residents
After reviewing the basic tenets of service-learning and their applicability for dentistry, this article by Dr. Kunzel et al. describes a partnership between Columbia University's dental school and a community AIDS center that is based on the principles of service-learning. The authors also show how social-behavioral theory can help resolve challenges inherent in such competency-based training programs.

Dental and Dental Hygiene Students' E-Learning Preferences
This report by Dr. McCann et al. summarizes the results of a project designed to identify student preferences for e-teaching and learning. Among other findings, most students said they wanted e-materials to support but not replace lectures and preferred printed over digital text. The article also includes a thorough review of the literature on university-level e-learning.

Dental Hygiene Program Directors' Opinions on Current Issues in Dental Hygiene
In this Association Report, Dr. Okwuje et al. report the findings of a survey of the 300 CODA-accredited U.S. dental hygiene programs. Over three-fourths of the respondents said it was "important" or "somewhat important" to advance the entry-level educational requirements for dental hygiene practice to the baccalaureate level, though educational setting (four-year versus two-year) was a significant factor in response. Most respondents also said they felt it important to advance the ADHP model proposed by the ADHA and agreed or strongly agreed that new educational models need to be created that incorporate both two-year and four-year schools.

Also included in this issue are the following:
"To Do It Right, Dental Residency Education Is Expensive: Get Over It," a letter to the editor by Dr. Friedlander;
"Teaching End-of-Life Issues: Survey of U.S. Dental Schools and Dentists" by Ms. Sirmons et al.; and
"An Online Multimedia Treatment Planning Tool: Effect on Dental Students' Knowledge in Using Standardized Clinical Data" by Dr. Bufano et al.

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