A comprehensive clinical competency-based assessment in periodontics

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Traditional periodontics clinical examinations in dental education frequently assess a narrow set of clinical skills and do not adequately assess the ability of students to independently manage a periodontal patient. As an alternative, the authors developed a comprehensive periodontics competency case experience (CCCE) for senior dental students and surveyed students regarding their experience with the CCCE. Students challenging the CCCE must treat a patient with moderate periodontitis and must independently decide when a state of periodontal and oral health has been achieved. Students are also required to conduct an oral presentation to periodontology faculty. Dental students who completed the CCCE had a favourable impression of the experience, compared with the traditional clinical examinations taken in the junior year. The majority of students rated all the components of the CCCE as ‘somewhat’ or ‘very helpful’. About 72.4% of students felt that being able to work independently on the examination was very helpful for learning about the clinical management of patients with periodontal disease, followed by ‘simulation of care in private practice’ (65.5%), and oral photography experience (55.2%). The greatest difficulty reported by students was finding an acceptable patient. About 62.1% of students rated ‘finding the right patient’ as very difficult. Students reported having to screen a mean of 5.9 patients (SD: 4.5) to find a qualified patient. The results of the survey will be useful in improving the examination as an assessment tool in periodontal therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-90
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Dental Education
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2017

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Periodontics
Clinical Competence
Students
student
experience
Dental Students
examination
Dental Education
Aptitude
Periodontitis
Photography
Private Practice
Oral Health
Patient Rights
Periodontal Diseases
patient's rights
photography
Learning

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Dentistry(all)

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A comprehensive clinical competency-based assessment in periodontics. / Shiloah, J.; Scarbecz, Mark; Bland, Paul; Hottel, Timothy.

In: European Journal of Dental Education, Vol. 21, No. 2, 01.05.2017, p. 86-90.

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