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Journal of Dental Education Most Notable Articles of 2019

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The Journal of Dental Education (JDE) is pleased to call attention to the following 10 notable articles published in 2019. The list, selected by outgoing JDE Editor Nadeem Karimbux, D.M.D., M.M.Sc., appears in order of publication. The JDE Editor recognizes that many articles deserve recognition based on the quality and scope of the studies they report. These 10 articles are particularly notable for their effective presentation, clearly explained significance of results, innovative approaches, importance of subject matter, and findings with broad implications and potential impact, as well as strength of study design and execution. They represent the diversity of articles published in the JDE. The selected articles are available for free on the JDE website until Jan. 31, 2020.

In Defense of Dental Therapy: An Evidence-Based Workforce Approach to Improving Access to Care.
Frank Catalanotto. 2019;83(2 Suppl):S7-15. 
Whatever one’s opinion of dental therapy, this article makes an essential contribution to the literature in comprehensively reviewing the evidence supporting the need for and development of this new dental profession, along with well-thought-out responses to critiques of it.

Creating a Supportive Educational Research Culture at a Dental School by Identifying Obstacles and Solutions
Ann L. McCann and Emet D. Schneiderman. 2019;83(3):265-74.
If dental education is to remain a research-based profession, dental schools must support educational research in both tangible and intangible ways. This article shows how one U.S. dental school is doing that. This school’s admirable creation of a research culture can be a model for others. 

A Systematic Review of Critical Thinking Instruments for Use in Dental Education.
Patrick L. Anders et al. 2019;83(4):381-97. 
How to measure and assess critical thinking in dental education is a long-standing concern that this well-done and thorough systematic review addresses by not only identifying the range of available instruments but evaluating the psychometric evidence supporting them. 

Improving Dental School Clinic Operations Using Business Intelligence Data.
Romesh P. Nalliah et al. 2019;83(6):614-23.
This exemplary article demonstrates how the analysis of clinical operations data was used to increase efficiency and improve both students’ and patients’ experience in a dental school clinic. 

Status of Oral Health Training in U.S. Primary Care Programs: A Qualitative Study to Define Characteristics and Outcomes
Judith A. Savageau et al. 2019;83(8):865-77.
This well-done qualitative study documents how oral health is taught in 13 non-dental health professions along with program directors’ insights into key factors that helped them build robust oral health instruction in their curricula. This article illustrates how the journal’s scope has fruitfully expanded to include authors and issues of oral health education outside of dentistry. 

Case Report of a Program to Enhance Dental Students’ Interest in Academic Dentistry.
William D. Hendricson et al. 2019;83(9):1047-56.
This evaluation of the initial 11 years of a teaching honors program at one dental school found significant success in increasing dental students’ interest in academic careers and preparing them for teaching. This impressive program is making important contributions to future faculty recruitment and should serve as a model across academic dentistry.

Dental Hygiene Clinical Instructors’ Pedagogical Beliefs and Described Practices About Student-Centered Education
Shannon K. Waldron et al. 2019;83(9):1019-29.
Although educators widely embrace the merits of student-centered education, is there a disconnect between their stated beliefs and actual practice? This well-done study exploring that question in interviews with dental hygiene educators not only found evidence of such a disconnect but identified concrete ways to overcome it.   

Influence of Community-Based Dental Education on Practice Choice: Preliminary Data from East Carolina University
Sharon Gordon et al. 2019;83(9):1000-11.
This comprehensive study explored whether one dental school is meeting its mission of retaining new dentists in the state to address the critical shortage of dentists there. Based on data collected from graduating students and alumni, the authors concluded that the mission is being met, both statewide and in rural areas, and also identified key factors influencing practice choice that will influence future policies. 

Assessing Dental Students’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs About Medicaid and Health Care Reform: A Mixed-Methods Study
Beau D. Meyer et al. 2019;83(11):1263-71.
This innovative study used focus groups and surveys to assess what dental students know and believe about Medicaid. The results showed limited knowledge, and only 39% intended to care for Medicaid patients after graduation. These findings about students’ attitudes and their recommendations are essential for developing measures to address this access to care issue. 

Evaluation of Faculty Mentoring Practices in Seven U.S. Dental Schools
Thikriat Al-Jewair et al. 2019;83(12):1392-401.
Since mentoring has been found to increase faculty satisfaction and career progress, this study surveyed faculty members about mentoring practices across seven U.S. dental schools. The respondents reported very low levels of formal or informal mentoring; however, their perceived characteristics of ideal mentoring programs provide guidance for addressing those inadequacies. 

Published on Jan. 8, 2020

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