Improving the Medical Curriculum in Predoctoral Dental Education

Recommendations From the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Committee on Predoctoral Education and Training

Matthew J. Dennis, Jeffrey D. Bennett, Dean M. DeLuke, Erik W. Evans, John Hudson, Anders Nattestad, Gregory M. Ness, Allison Yeung

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Abstract

Dental procedures are often performed on patients who present with some level of medical fragility. In many dental schools, the exercise of taking a medical history is all too often a transcription of information to the dental chart, with little emphasis on the presurgical risk assessment and the development of a treatment plan appropriate to the medical status of the dental patient. Changes in dentistry, driven by an increasingly medically complex population of dental patients, combined with treatment advances rooted in the biomedical sciences necessitate the adaptation of our dental education to include a stronger background in systemic health. Many predoctoral educators in the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) have expressed concern about the medical preparedness of our dental students; therefore, the AAOMS and its Committee on Predoctoral Education and Training have provided recommendations for improving the medical curriculum in predoctoral dental education, including a strengthening of training in clinical medicine and biomedical sciences, with specific recommendations for improved training of our dental students and dental faculty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-244
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Volume75
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017

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Dental Education
Curriculum
Tooth
Education
Dental Students
Medical History Taking
Dental Faculties
Dental Schools
Clinical Medicine
Dentistry
Exercise
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Health
Therapeutics
Population

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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Improving the Medical Curriculum in Predoctoral Dental Education : Recommendations From the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Committee on Predoctoral Education and Training. / Dennis, Matthew J.; Bennett, Jeffrey D.; DeLuke, Dean M.; Evans, Erik W.; Hudson, John; Nattestad, Anders; Ness, Gregory M.; Yeung, Allison.

In: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Vol. 75, No. 2, 01.02.2017, p. 240-244.

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Dennis, Matthew J. ; Bennett, Jeffrey D. ; DeLuke, Dean M. ; Evans, Erik W. ; Hudson, John ; Nattestad, Anders ; Ness, Gregory M. ; Yeung, Allison. / Improving the Medical Curriculum in Predoctoral Dental Education : Recommendations From the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Committee on Predoctoral Education and Training. In: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 2017 ; Vol. 75, No. 2. pp. 240-244.
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