Should dental schools invest in training predoctoral students for academic careers? Two viewpoints

Brent Fung, Mahnaz Fatahzadeh, Keith L. Kirkwood, Jeffery Hicks, Sherry R. Timmons

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This Point/Counterpoint considers whether providing dental students with academic career training and teaching experiences during their predoctoral education would be valuable to recruit dental academicians. While training the next generation of dentists continues to be the primary focus for dental schools, the cultivation and recruitment of dental faculty members from the pool of dental students remain challenges. Viewpoint 1 supports the position that providing dental students with exposure to academic career opportunities has positive value in recruiting new dental faculty. The advantages of academic careers training as a required educational experience in dental schools and as a potential means to recruit dental students into the ranks of faculty are described in this viewpoint. In contrast, Viewpoint 2 contends that such career exposure has limited value and argues that, across the board, allocation of resources to support preparation for academic careers would have a poor cost-benefit return on investment. Adding a requirement for educational experiences for all students would overburden institutions, students, and faculty according to this viewpoint. The authors agree that research is needed to determine how and where to make predoctoral curricular changes that will have maximum impact on academic recruitment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-387
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of dental education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018


  • Academic careers
  • Dental curriculum
  • Dental education
  • Faculty recruitment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Dentistry(all)


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