ERIC Number: ED380043
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Dental Education at the Crossroads: Challenges and Change.
Field, Marilyn J., Ed.
This study examined the status of dental education and oral health in the U.S.; considered future scientific, demographic, economic, organizational, and other developments that may affect oral health status and the system for educating dentists and other dental personnel; developed a statement of how, over the next 25 years, oral health and oral health services should be improved; identified short-term and long-term implications for dental education and public policy; described strategies that will help dental education, research, and practice improve oral health; and considered ways in which each dental school can better relate to the mission of its university and the community at large. The study was overseen by an 18-member committee. Information was collected via site visits to dental schools, liaison panels, a mail survey of all deans of dental schools, a telephone survey of university presidents and chancellors, interviews with leaders of major dental organizations, and a public hearing with oral or written testimony from nearly 55 groups. Twenty-two recommendations are offered in the areas of oral health status and services, mission of education, mission of research, mission of patient care, the dental school in the university, accreditation and licensure, and the dental work force. Appendixes list members of liaison panels, organizations submitting testimony, commissioned papers and their authors, and committee member biographies. (Contains approximately 375 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Certification, Change Strategies, Dental Health, Dental Hygienists, Dental Schools, Dental Technicians, Dentistry, Dentists, Educational Change, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Medical Education, Medical Research, Medical Services, Professional Education, Public Policy
National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20418 ($49.95).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Dental Research (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; American Fund for Dental Health.; Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Institute of Medicine (NAS), Washington, DC. Div. of Health Care Services.
Note: This document constitutes the final statement of the Committee on the Future of Dental Education. Support was also provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, the American Association of Retired Persons, and CIGNA Dental Health, Inc.