ERIC Number: EJ743209
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Mandating Education of Dental Graduates to Provide Care to Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Waldman, H. Barry; Perlman, Steven P.
Mental Retardation: A Journal of Practices, Policy and Perspectives, v44 n3 p184-188 2006
In 2004, The Commission on Dental Accreditation adopted new standards for dental and dental hygiene education programs to ensure the preparation of practitioners to provide oral health services for persons with special health care needs. The course of action leading to the adoption of the new standards, together with the continuing obstacles of limited government support for dental services and the availability of faculty members to provide the needed dental educational experiences is reviewed. Expanding Health Resources and Services Administration definition of "medically underserved areas" is presented as one approach to improving the delivery of dental services.
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Developmental Disabilities, Dentistry, Graduate Students, Academic Standards, Dental Health, Health Services, Educational Experience, Dental Schools, Medical School Faculty, Accreditation (Institutions)
American Association on Mental Retardation. P.O. Box 7065, Lawrence, KS 66044-7065. Tel: 785-843-1235; Fax: 785-843-1274; e-mail: AJMR@allenpress.com; Web site: http://www.aamr.org/Periodicals/index.shtml.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A