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
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
Ann L. McCann and Emet D.
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.
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
Improving Dental School
Clinic Operations Using Business Intelligence Data.
Romesh P. Nalliah et al.
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
Status of Oral Health
Training in U.S. Primary Care Programs: A Qualitative Study to Define
Characteristics and Outcomes.
Judith A. Savageau et al.
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.
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
Dental Hygiene Clinical
Instructors’ Pedagogical Beliefs and Described Practices About Student-Centered
Shannon K. Waldron et al.
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.
Community-Based Dental Education on Practice Choice: Preliminary Data from East
Sharon Gordon et al.
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
Beau D. Meyer et al.
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.
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