Improving Assessment in Dental Education Through a Paradigm of Comprehensive Care: A Case Report

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Title Improving Assessment in Dental Education Through a Paradigm of Comprehensive Care: A Case Report
Author Nulty, Duncan David; Short, Leonie Marjorie; Johnson, Newell Walter
Journal Name Journal of Dental Education
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United States
Publisher American Dental Education Association
Abstract The assessment of clinical competence in health disciplines is a critical issue. Universities have a responsibility to graduate students who can demonstrate fitness to practice because clinical competence relates directly to the quality of patients' care—the quality of their treatment, their health outcomes, and their experience. In respect of the last of these, this article argues that the nature of what we term “clinical competence” ought to recognize the patient before the medical/dental condition or clinical intervention and, in order to achieve this, dental education should adopt learning, teaching, and assessment strategies that develop integrated learning outcomes consistent with a paradigm of comprehensive care. The article describes the ways in which this paradigm has been operationalized in the learning, teaching, and assessment strategies at Griffith University in Australia. It places a particular focus upon the assessment methods used in the Bachelor of Oral Health program. In this way, the article aims to illustrate ways that the quality of the assessment of clinical competence can, and should, be improved. While this is a work in progress, this description may be useful for educators at other academic dental institutions who wish to adopt, adapt, and develop similar approaches.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.adea.org
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Journal of Dental Education (JDE). The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 74
Issue Number 12
Page from 1367
Page to 1379
ISSN 0022-0337
Date Accessioned 2010-12-17
Date Available 2011-01-31T05:53:10Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Health Institute
Faculty Griffith Institute for Higher Education
Subject Education Assessment and Evaluation
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/35523
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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