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How is endodontics taught? A survey to evaluate undergraduate endodontic teaching in dental schools within the United Kingdom

Alraisi, H., Dummer, Paul and Vianna, Morgana 2019. How is endodontics taught? A survey to evaluate undergraduate endodontic teaching in dental schools within the United Kingdom. International Endodontic Journal 52 (7) , pp. 1077-1085. 10.1111/iej.13089
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Abstract

Aim To evaluate the delivery of undergraduate endodontic education in UK dental schools using an online survey and to compare the results with those of a previous paper‐based survey (Qualtrough & Dummer 1997, Int Endod J, 30, 234). Aspects of delivery were also evaluated in comparison with the Undergraduate Curriculum Guidelines of the European Society of Endodontology (de Moor et al. 2013, Int Endod J, 46, 1105). Methodology An online version of an earlier paper‐based survey on undergraduate Endodontic education (Qualtrough & Dummer 1997, Int Endod J, 30, 234) was created. Invitations to take part were sent via email to the undergraduate endodontic programme leads in the 16 UK dental schools. Results The response rate was 94%. The current survey revealed greater convergence amongst dental schools than previously (Qualtrough & Dummer 1997, Int Endod J, 30, 234) on methods of canal preparation, disinfection and filling. Improvements were also noted in staff: student ratios, the involvement of teachers with advanced endodontic training and a greater diversity of teaching methods; developments which align with the recommendations of ESE Undergraduate Curriculum Guidelines (de Moor et al. 2013, Int Endod J, 46, 1105). The majority of schools appeared to be teaching contemporary instrumentation methods and were recommending the application of calcium silicate cements. The exposure of students to advanced topics included in the ESE Undergraduate Curriculum Guidelines (de Moor et al. 2013, Int Endod J, 46, 1105) such as surgical endodontic treatment, root canal re‐treatment and the management of complex cases was mixed. Conclusion Undergraduate endodontic training in the UK has advanced in the last 20 years with more consistency between schools and more contemporary methods adopted.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0143-2885
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 1 February 2019
Date of Acceptance: 30 January 2019
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 21:49
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/119119

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