Delivering a lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine on Tuesday 1st on the subject of, ‘What’s new in dental education,’ Professor Elizabeth Davenport looked at the current state of dental education, drivers for change, and future developments.
Professor Davenport recognised that dental education has been subjected to many changes over the past decade, not just from the educational point of view, but also in terms of the healthcare systems, disease levels and patient expectations.
Discussing the impact of these changes she said: “My approach is to address these changes as a means to explain what has become the norm in dental education. There is huge diversity in the dental team for whom education is provided either at the undergraduate, postgraduate or indeed continuing professional development level for registration purposes. As emphasis has changed, outreach teaching in the community setting has become the norm, as well the necessity to simulate clinical practice prior to entering the clinical environment and engaging with e-technology.”
Professor Davenport further discussed developments centred on the need to provide teaching environments which are conducive to learning as well as understanding how students become reflective practitioners and demonstrate professional behaviour.
The lecture is webcast on the Royal Society of Medicine website and can be accessed via the following link: http://www.rsm.ac.uk/
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