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The Anatomical Society’s Core Anatomy Syllabus for Dental Undergraduates

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jo Matthan, Emeritus Professor Stephen McHanwell


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© 2019 Anatomical Society. The Anatomical Society has developed a series of learning outcomes in consultation with dentists, dental educators and anatomists delivering anatomical content to undergraduate dental students. A modified Delphi methodology was adopted to select experts within the field that would recommend core anatomical content in undergraduate dental programmes throughout the UK. Utilising the extensive learning outcomes from two UK Dental Schools, and neuroanatomy learning outcomes that remained outside the Anatomical Society's Core Gross Anatomy Syllabus for Medical Students, a modified Delphi technique was utilised to develop dental anatomical learning outcomes relevant to dental graduates. The Delphi panel consisted of 62 individuals (n = 62) from a wide pool of educators associated with the majority of undergraduate dental schools in the UK, representing a broad spectrum of UK Higher Education Institutions. The output from this study was 147 anatomical learning outcomes deemed to be applicable to all dental undergraduate programmes in the UK. The new recommended core anatomy syllabus for dental undergraduates, grouped into body regions, offers a comprehensive anatomical framework with which to scaffold clinical practice. The syllabus, presented as a set of learning outcomes, may be used in a variety of pedagogic situations, including where anatomy teaching exists within an integrated dental curriculum (both horizontally in the basic sciences part of the curriculum and vertically within the clinical years).

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Author(s): Matthan J, Cobb M, McHanwell S, Moxham BJ, Finn GM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Anatomy

Year: 2020

Volume: 236

Issue: 4

Pages: 737-751

Print publication date: 01/04/2020

Online publication date: 14/02/2020

Acceptance date: 15/11/2019

ISSN (print): 0021-8782

ISSN (electronic): 1469-7580

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd


DOI: 10.1111/joa.13133

PubMed id: 32056198


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