Lookup NU author(s): Professor Justin Durham,
Dr Ian Corbett,
Professor Peter Thomson
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Aim: To assess and observe the development of competence in oral surgical skills during a 3-year undergraduate programme. Method: Over a 3-year period 75 students were followed through from the beginning of their clinical course to their Bachelor of Dental Surgery graduation and their surgical experience monitored by the use of logbooks. Their development of competence was assessed objectively through structured assessments and subjectively by a single tutor responsible for each year. Assessments were made of their ability in exodontia, pre-surgical assessment and the surgical extraction of teeth/roots. Results: Seventy-three students completed the course (97%). Successful completion rates for the objective testing were 100% for both exodontia and pre-surgical assessment. The surgical assessment, (surgical extraction of a tooth or root) had a successful completion rate of only 23% and the caseload for students was low with a mean of four teeth removed surgically upon graduation. Relationships were examined between total numbers of teeth extracted, total number of minor oral surgical procedures completed and the successful completion of the surgical competence assessment, but no significant relationships were found. Conclusions: This study demonstrates that it is possible to achieve objectively measurable levels of competence in undergraduates undertaking oral surgery procedures. It is however, a labour and time intensive process and appropriate clinical and teaching resources are required. National co-operation towards agreed standardised competencies should be encouraged to allow data to be pooled and more powerful analyses to occur.
Author(s): Durham JA, Moore UJ, Corbett IP, Thomson PJ
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: European Journal of Dental Education
ISSN (print): 1396-5883
ISSN (electronic): 1600-0579
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
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