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Periodontology in the undergraduate curriculum in UK dental schools

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Peter Heasman, Professor Philip Preshaw


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Introduction In 1980 the British Society of Periodontology published a series of educational goals which have guided periodontal curricula at UK dental schools. Further, a survey of UK dental schools evaluated aspects of teaching and learning in periodontology. The aims of this project were to identify teaching practices and assessments in periodontology and best practice which may be developed in the future. Materials and methods A questionnaire was sent to dental schools who had participated in the previous survey. The questionnaire sought information on aspects of teaching and learning in periodontology: teaching manpower, curriculum structure, assessment, research opportunities for students and whether implantology is delivered in the undergraduate curriculum. Results There is consistency between the education providers with respect to teaching and learning in periodontology. Most are developing integrated learning between dental undergraduates and members of the dental team although there are opportunities for further development. Students are expected to have knowledge of complex treatments but are not expected to be competent at undertaking periodontal surgery nor placing and restoring implants. Conclusion The findings confirm that there is considerable consistency between the education providers with respect to aspects of teaching and learning in periodontology.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Heasman PA, Witter J, Preshaw PM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Dental Journal

Year: 2015

Volume: 219

Issue: 1

Pages: 29-33

Print publication date: 01/07/2015

Online publication date: 10/07/2015

Acceptance date: 10/06/2015

ISSN (print): 0007-0610

ISSN (electronic): 1476-5373

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group

URL: .htttp://

DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2015.526


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