Adapting to new trends in dental education

December 4th, 2013

Dental school software is a flexible tool that can position universities and academic institutions to easily adjust their program curricula as need be. The constant flood of research and technological developments in the medical industry presents many schools with complex management challenges. Administrators often wonder how they can update classroom requirements without discounting previous achievements or disrupting overall operations. The need to reflect current industry thinking has a significant impact on future enrollment numbers, as prospective students will likely want to apply to programs that best prepare them for the professional workforce.

Rethinking the best way to teach dental students
In the coming year, many experts in the dental education field will be focusing heavily on examining new ways to improve classroom learning. The American Dental Education Association recently announced the theme for its ADEA Annual Exhibition and Session, which will take place in March 2014 in San Antonio. According to a press release from the organization, next year's event will focus on the science of learning. For example, the neuroscientist and best-selling author David Eagleman will deliver the ADEA Opening Plenary Session speech with a presentation titled "Incognito: The Secret Lives of Brains." Participants will spend the rest of the event learning more about the neuropsychology of learning and how it may offer insights into best practices for university education.

"The conference theme, 'The Science of Learning,' will bring into sharp focus our understanding of how the brain works and the implication for the ways we teach," Stephen Young, chair of the board of directors for the ADEA, stated.

Investing in advanced dental academic software tools can come in handy for academic institutions that are interested in updating their existing curricula to feature more relevant and effective learning methods. With a centralized management interface, both faculty and administrators can utilize technology to organize new course requirements, keep track of student progress and create easily measurable goals that reflect a higher standard for education.

A new emphasis on leadership
In addition to focusing on the science of learning, many dental schools are also coming up with new ways to incorporate leadership into the academic program for students. A recent article published in the Journal of Dental Education argued universities could better prepare program participants for the future challenges of the workplace by instilling fundamental management skills early on in the process. Industry experts at a conference held earlier this year even suggested developing a required course for students that would lean heavily on developing collaborative leadership skills and working closely with students in other departments.

Academic institutions run the risk of losing large amounts of money by relying on outdated management technology to complete administrative tasks. Advancements in research will always present new changes to the ways oral health care professionals interact with patients. Dynamic and flexible dental school software programs allow educators to quickly respond to these developments without jeopardizing the efficiency of their operations or damaging student engagement. 

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