Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Dental Medicine

Is ranking calculated? No
Is honors status awarded? No

How are competencies in a course determined?

The first two years of basic science curriculum are taught through an integrated, problem based learning model.  Students are assessed in these courses through case presentations, written examinations, essay statements to evaluate critical thinking and reflective statements.

Students are evaluated with a daily grade in the simulation clinic which concludes with a practical examination for each component.

Additional didactic courses utilize similar assessment methods through written examinations, research presentations, and essay examinations.

All courses required successful completion with a score of 75%.  Most courses require that students achieve a 75% passing on each examination in order to pass the course.  Students who score less than 75% on an examination are immediately remediated and a re-examination is given.  The highest grade any student can receive on a remediated exam is 75%.  All components of the competency process are averaged to determine the final grade.  The CSSP committee meets to discuss any student who falls below the minimum 75% on their final grade to determine if the student should be allowed to remediate.  Remediation of the course consists of a review of the course by the course director prior to a re-examination.  Remediated failed course are indicated as such on the student transcript.  Any student who fails the remediation of the course will be required to repeat the course.

Students receive a daily grade in their pre-clinical simulation clinical courses.  A practical examination is administered for each component taught in the simulation clinic.  Similar criteria are used for this and students must receive a 75% or better to pass.  Failure to receive the minimum of 75% requires remediation.  At the end of the second year, students are again expected to successfully demonstrate competency in each of the areas previously taught prior to entering the patient clinic.

Clinical assessments include professionalism, patient management, and practice management in addition to their clinical skills.  Students must demonstrate competency in XX areas.  The design of our clinics allow for each student to have their own operatory five days a week giving them optimal opportunities to receive a variety of clinical experiences in both their 3rd and 4th year.  Evaluation and grading of students clinical skills include ethical standards, assessment, preparedness, the ability to self-assess, critical thinking skills as well as their technical skills.

How is the language in the Dean’s letter crafted?

The Director of Student Affairs gathers information from the students through CSSP committee minutes, student resumes, and includes areas of leadership, community service and volunteerism.  Each of the student’s preceptors is asked to provide a clinical evaluation of the student to rate their clinical skills as above most of their classmates, equal to their classmates or below the skills of their classmates.

The Dean crafts letters based on a compilation of this information as it relates to the particular specialty area.  His assessment is based on whether the information he receives as well as his personal knowledge of each student warrants a high recommendation for that specialty.  As a new school, it is critical that he reserves the highest recommendations for those students whom he believes are truly exceptional and demonstrate the potential to be successful in the program. It is important to convey to post graduate directors the quality and expectations of our program and only those who merit this respect will be recommended strongly.

What else should the program directors know?

The School of Dental Medicine provides an integrated curriculum through problem based learning for the basic science and early exposure to the clinics with first and second year students fabricating full dentures each of those years.  The design of our patient clinics allows each student to have their own operatory during their entire 3rd and 4th year.  With a five day a week, 48 week yearly schedule, students have the opportunity to obtain a tremendous number of experiences.  Students are able to perform a wide scope of treatment under the oversight and supervision of preceptors assigned specifically to each ten chair student dental office.

A minimum passing score of 75 ensures that even the lower scoring students must have a solid “C” average to pass any course.

Our inaugural class demonstrated a 97% pass rate on Part 1 of the NBDE scoring consistently above the national average  and standard deviation of the mean score.  This class is in the process of taking Part II and scores are not available.  The second class has a 99% pass rate with about half of the class completing Part 1 with a similar consistency.

For questions, please contact:

Anton Gotlieb, D.D.S, M.S.