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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 110

A new era in dental education - Comprehensive teaching and learning


1 Editor in Chief, Journal of Dental Research and Review, Dean, Faculty of Dentistry, Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune, Professor and Head, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. D. Y. Patil Dental College and Hospital, Pimpri, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Executive Editor, Journal of Dental Research and Review, Assistant Professor, Division of Pedodontics, Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, King Khalid University College of Dentistry, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Abha

Date of Web Publication8-Dec-2014

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Deepak G Kulkarni
Editor in Chief, Journal of Dental Research and Review, Dean, Faculty of Dentistry, Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune, Professor and Head, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. D. Y. Patil Dental College and Hospital, Pimpri, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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DOI: 10.4103/2348-2915.146484

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Kulkarni DG, Ahmed Bijle MN. A new era in dental education - Comprehensive teaching and learning. J Dent Res Rev 2014;1:110

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Kulkarni DG, Ahmed Bijle MN. A new era in dental education - Comprehensive teaching and learning. J Dent Res Rev [serial online] 2014 [cited 2022 Jun 25];1:110. Available from: https://www.jdrr.org/text.asp?2014/1/3/110/146484

"Every tooth in a man's head is more valuable than a diamond."

- Miguel de Cervantes

Hence, is the reason why majority of dental students prefer to become dental practitioners than academicians. [1] The reason for this lies with understanding the value of an investment in diamonds. This takes a note on the preciousness that teeth have in one's life and the dedication towards maintaining it.

In the current era, the curriculum design and specifications followed by dental schools in India demands revision to meet up with the need of an hour. As aforestated, a huge mass of dental students desire to have independent practice which is a known fact since ages. So to meet up with the avidity, the course structure demands an arrangement whereby a thorough training is provided to students which caters a platform to be an independent dental practitioner. However, the concept of Comprehensive Teaching and Learning is yet to be absorbed by Indian Dental Academies which is a new era requirement.

The customary fashion supports an individual subject-based teaching and learning which no doubt is mandatory and basic requirement for running a dental program. However, in addition there seems to be a requirement for a comprehensive clinical exposure to dental students which gives an idea or basis to deal with variety of patients that visit dental clinics. In purview of same, a specific structured course if designed in Final Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) or Internship as compulsory criteria for completion of the program could bind a basis for the exposure as aforementioned. In addition, infrastructure is the requirement for same which needs a specific outlay for effective functioning. The question as well arises regarding the distribution of patients as done in the previous term. There should be no overlapping of the said distribution for smooth functioning of the proposed idea. For this a complete restructuring of the requirements and curriculum is where the key present. To unlock, a structured curriculum program with course objective, course specifications and course design at each level is an essential concern as practiced in the west. Along with, an inclusion of learning management system could add definite value. The implementation of such a proposal will no doubt have resistance for acceptance in the initial stages but would gain popularity once incepted and practiced.

Comprehensive Teaching and Learning is a concept where all the branches serve under one roof. The services of all the clinical disciplines are covered and can also be regarded as an intra-disciplinary activity. The students can be trained to understand the patient's condition as a whole rather than concentrating on its sole specialization. Once acumen is drawn for the patient's condition a comprehensive treatment plan can be illustrated and performed. Preventive procedures should be the pillars and subsequent therapeutic protocols will form the floors. A team of specialist supervising the student could form an ideal network to deal with the patient's condition. The ideas from all aspects of dentistry will enable a student to think and rationalize a patient when a comprehensive care is to be provided.

Although a revolutionary measure to start with; however, the beneficiaries will provide appreciation in the long run. Thus, implementation of such a course will have increased acceptance by the students and could enhance the value of dental teaching. Hence, Comprehensive Teaching and Learning is a requirement in the new era of dentistry.

 
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Takahashi T, Furusawa M, Katakura A, Sugito H, Hirata S, Ishii T, et al. Career paths and aspirations among postgraduate dental trainees on completion of clinical residency program at Tokyo Dental College. Bull Tokyo Dent Coll 2014;55:103-9.  Back to cited text no. 1
    




 

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