Pharmacology education in North American dental schools: The basic science survey series

Medha Gautam, David H. Shaw, Ted D. Pate, H. Wayne Lambert

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Abstract

As part of the Basic Science Survey Series (BSSS) for Dentistry, members of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Physiology, Pharmacology, and Therapeutics Section surveyed course directors of basic pharmacology courses in North American dental schools. The survey was designed to assess, among other things, faculty affiliation and experience of course directors, teaching methods, general course content and emphasis, extent of interdisciplinary (shared) instruction, and impact of recent curricular changes. Responses were received from forty-nine of sixty-seven (73.1 percent) U.S. and Canadian dental schools. The findings suggest the following: 1) substantial variation exists in instructional hours, faculty affiliation, placement within curriculum, class size, and interdisciplinary nature of pharmacology courses; 2) pharmacology course content emphasis is similar among schools; 3) the number of contact hours in pharmacology has remained stable over the past three decades; 4) recent curricular changes were often directed towards enhancing the integrative and clinically relevant aspects of pharmacology instruction; and 5) a trend toward innovative content delivery, such as use of computer-assisted instruction applications, is evident. Data, derived from this study, may be useful to pharmacology course directors, curriculum committees, and other dental educators with an interest in integrative and interprofessional education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1013-1021
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of dental education
Volume77
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013

Keywords

  • Basic science education
  • Curricular change
  • Dental education
  • Interprofessional education
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology instruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Dentistry(all)

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    Gautam, M., Shaw, D. H., Pate, T. D., & Lambert, H. W. (2013). Pharmacology education in North American dental schools: The basic science survey series. Journal of dental education, 77(8), 1013-1021.