As the dental students of the Class of 2000 entered the Comprehensive Care Clinic at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry in the spring of their second year (spring of 1998), a different, competency-based set of clinical expectations was communicated to them. These students were presented a list of "Recommended Core Experiences" and told that the "requirements" for completion of the Comprehensive Care Program were 1) successful performance on all departmental competency examinations, and 2) timely completion of the comprehensive dental treatment appropriate to each assigned patient. This study examined the number of procedures completed during the six semesters in the Comprehensive Care Clinic for the Class of 2000, as compared to the clinical activity for the Class of 1999 during the same stage of their career. The overall mean number of clinical procedures performed per student was 7 percent greater for the students in the Class of 2000 than for those in the Class of 1999. These results suggest that numerical requirements are not necessary to ensure dental student productivity and that, in fact, students can complete more clinical procedures in a comprehensive care clinical environment without numerical requirements.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of dental education|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2000|
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