Dental school software helps university evaluators focus on outcomes

September 16th, 2014

Managing a dental school program at the university level requires a close attention to detail. Student relations, exams, laboratory projects and hands-on clinical experience all factor into the big picture of helping people complete their degree programs and enter the job market with valuable skills. With a 21st-century dental academic software solution in place, schools can easily organize daily tasks while also keeping an eye on more results-driven goals.

Is your dental school achieving desired results?
Amid all the details of running a dental school program, it can be hard for faculty members and administrators to take a step back and make sure their institutions are actually helping students prepare for their professional careers. Exacerbating this problem is the fact that many universities lack a truly coordinated curriculum.

A major 2007 study published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene shed light on the challenges of educators offering inconsistent or conflicting methods for performing routine oral health procedures. The report's authors suggested academic institutions utilize a more comprehensive system of faculty calibration, whereby educators establish standard evaluation and training techniques to improve test results and increase student engagement.

Impact on core competencies
Such improvements to administrative operations would also make it easier for universities to comply with the current industry standards for dental education. The American Dental Education Association recommends all oral health students achieve six core competencies before graduating:

  1. Critical thinking 
  2. Professionalism
  3. Communication and interpersonal skills
  4. Health promotion
  5. Practice management and informatics
  6. Patient care

A recent article published in the Journal of Dental Education revealed that when faculty members have an effective way to map out a way to instill desired educational outcomes in the existing curriculum, their programs will likely become stronger and more consistent. This kind of quality control is invaluable for the oral health sector, especially as today's dental graduates find themselves playing a more active role in a patient's primary care.

Dental school software is an essential tool for any academic institution seeking to improve its operations with faculty calibration. Rather than relying on commercial practice technology, universities should consider using a program that is designed specifically for education management. With the ability to track evaluations and adjust curriculum requirements electronically, administrators can save valuable time and money.

To learn more about how to leverage faculty calibration with dental academic software, join us for our "Dental School Faculty Calibration" webinar on Sept. 18.

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