ERIC Number: EJ1159328
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
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Master in Oral Biology Program: A Path to Addressing the Need for Future Dental Educators
Jergenson, Margaret A.; Barritt, Laura C.; O'Kane, Barbara J.; Norton, Neil S.
Anatomical Sciences Education, v10 n6 p607-612 Nov-Dec 2017
In dental education, the anatomical sciences, which include gross anatomy, histology, embryology, and neuroanatomy, encompass an important component of the basic science curriculum. At Creighton University School of Dentistry, strength in anatomic science education has been coupled with a solid applicant pool to develop a novel Master of Science in Oral Biology, Anatomic Sciences track degree program. The program provides a heavy emphasis on developing teaching skills in predoctoral students as well as exposure to research processes to encourage the cohort to pursuing a career in academic dentistry. The individuals considered for this program are applicants for admission to the School of Dentistry that have not been accepted into the entering dental class for that year. The students undertake a two year curriculum, studying anatomic sciences with a special emphasis on teaching. The students also must complete a research project that requires a thesis. The students in the program are guaranteed acceptance to dental school upon successful completion of the program. After six years, the first ten students have received their Master of Science degrees and continued in dental school. The program is favorably viewed by the faculty and participating students. It is also considered successful by metrics. Nine of the ten graduates have said they would like to participate in academic dentistry in some capacity during their careers.
Descriptors: Dental Schools, Masters Degrees, Dentistry, Biology, Anatomy, Science Education, Program Development, College Applicants, Career Choice, College Faculty, Program Descriptions, Graduates, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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