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Perceptions of a simulated general dental practice facility - reported experiences from past students at the Maurice Wohl General Dental Practice Centre 2001-2008.
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Journal Article
  • Authors:
    Davies BR, Leung AN, Dunne SM
  • Publication date:
    24/10/2009
  • Pagination:
    371, 376
  • Journal:
    Br Dent J
  • Volume:
    207
  • Issue:
    8
  • Status:
    Published
  • Country:
    England
  • PII:
    sj.bdj.2009.902
  • Language:
    eng
  • Keywords:
    Dental Facilities, Education, Dental, General Practice, Dental, Humans, London, Models, Educational, Preceptorship, Problem-Based Learning, Program Evaluation, Surveys and Questionnaires
Abstract
UNLABELLED: This article assesses the perceived value of a simulated general dental practice centre as reported by past undergraduates over five years. Various aspects of teaching and related outcomes are explored based on responses received from anonymous questionnaires. A team based approach to cooperative learning led by current practitioners experienced in primary dental care was seen as pivotal to the huge success of the teaching model. Moreover the role of cooperative learning and its influence on building individual clinical confidence and acumen was considered highly beneficial as part of the transition from novice to expert. METHODOLOGY: An anonymous questionnaire was distributed to students six months after qualification for a period of five years. The last registered postal address held by the Institute was used for this purpose. The years surveyed were: 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2005-2006 and 2007-2008. The questionnaire provided for both qualitative aspects of feedback and a quantitative representation of the overall perception of effectiveness of the General Dental Practice Centre, as expressed by a visual analogue scale. RESULTS: In total 135 questionnaires were returned representing a return rate of 53%. From the responses received 99% of the students reported that they enjoyed their sessions at the Centre with 96% expressing satisfaction with the teaching regime. The mean visual analogue scale rating the centre overall was reported as 83%, with a year on year increase ranging from 76-92%. Rich qualitative data were derived from free text responses. CONCLUSION: A simulated general dental practice centre was highly rated by past dental students in terms of the overall learning experience received and its relevance to later vocational training. By far the most consistently reported attribute was the opportunity to practise close support four handed dentistry with a nurse. Training in practice management and organisational skills were viewed as important with effective teamwork and a friendly environment seen as conducive to building up knowledge and confidence. The role of experienced current primary care practitioners as teachers was seen to be very effective in this setting.
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