Annual ADEA Report on Dental School Applicants and Enrollees
In the most recent of these annual assessments, Dr. Okwuje et al. present data and analysis on applicants to and first-time enrollees of the 2008 entering classes of U.S. dental schools. Included are distribution by gender, race/ethnicity, and age; breakdowns by state and by school; and background information such as major fields of undergraduate study and range of GPAs and DAT scores.
New Slogan for ADEA CCI
In a Perspectives essay, Dr. Hunt and Ms. Bushong, from the ADEA CCI Public Relations Task Force, describe the elements of the new ADEA CCI slogan: "building consensus and leading change to prepare graduates for an undiscovered future."
Elder Abuse and Neglect in the Dental Curriculum
Dr. Gironda et al. report on their study that gathered information on predoctoral dental students' perceptions about elder abuse and neglect and their knowledge of dentists' rights and responsibilities as mandated reporters. Since this study found deficiencies in students' ability to carry out these important responsibilities, the authors describe how they used these findings to improve education about the subject in their school's curriculum.
Increasing the Number of Dentists Who Practice in Rural Areas
With an increasing need for dental schools to show leadership in addressing workforce needs, this study, conducted by Dr. McFarland et al., assessed the relationship between a University of Nebraska Medical Center dental student's gender and state of origin and his or her decision to practice in a rural Nebraska location after graduation. In contrast to some previous studies, this one found women dentists and nonresidents more likely than others to practice in rural areas.
First-Year Dental Students' Stress
This longitudinal study by Ms. Silverstein and Dr. Kritz-Silverstein examined stress among first-year students at four U.S. dental schools. The study found that stress increased for students over their first year of study and had detrimental effects on school performance and health, but varied by amount and source from beginning to end of the year and from school to school, possibly related to different teaching methods. (An interesting side note on this article: the lead author has just become a first-year dental student, and the article is the JDEâ€™s first by mother-daughter coauthors.)
Improving Dental Informed Consents
Mr. Glick et al. evaluated informed consents used in a dental school clinic for content, readability, and presentation. Their findings result in recommendations for ways to add additional necessary content to the forms, improve the design and layout, and reduce the readability levels as an aid to patient comprehension.
Also included in this issue are the following:
"Influence of the ICDAS E-Learning Program for Occlusal Caries Detection on Dental Students" by Dr. Diniz et al.;
"Assessment of Surgical Competence in North American Graduate Periodontics Programs: A Survey of Current Practices" by Drs. Ghiabi and Taylor;
"Effect of a Training Model in Local Anesthesia Teaching" by Dr. Brand et al.;
"Development of a Visio-Haptic Integrated Dental Training Simulation System" by Dr. Konukseven et al.; and
"Using Evaluation to Enhance Educational Support for Dental Teams in the UK" by Dr. Firmstone et al.