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Redefining medical competencies for an oral medicine specialty training curriculum using a modified Delphi technique

Atkin, Philip and McMillan, Roddy 2019. Redefining medical competencies for an oral medicine specialty training curriculum using a modified Delphi technique. Journal of Dental Education 83 (9) 10.21815/JDE.019.137

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This article describes the development of medical competencies for oral medicine specialty training in the UK and Ireland by a collaborative working group using a modified Delphi technique. The current specialty training curriculum for oral medicine (OM) in the UK was developed by a working group including members of the British Society for Oral Medicine (BSOM) and members of the Specialty Advisory Committee for Additional Dental Specialties (SACADS) and adopted by the UK General Dental Council (GDC) in 2010. When the curriculum was developed, the entry requirements for specialty training in OM included undergraduate degrees in both dentistry and medicine. At the time of adoption, the requirement for a medical degree was removed. Medical competencies were assumed to have been delivered in medical undergraduate and postgraduate training. Accordingly, there was a need to define the medical competencies for OM specialty training to benefit trainees, trainers, and assessors. In 2018, a group comprising specialty trainers, recent former specialty trainees, and current specialty trainees in OM held face-to-face meetings in addition to email discussions and developed an updated curriculum document to better reflect the medical competencies required in specialty training. A collaborative modified Delphi approach was used to evaluate medical foundation competencies and to include only those that were considered relevant to OM specialty training. A list of relevant and achievable medical competencies was determined that has been approved by SACADS and will be incorporated into a revised OM curriculum from the UK GDC. The newly agreed-upon document for medical competencies in OM specialty training will serve as a reference for trainees, trainers, and assessors and reflects a successful use of a modified Delphi approach.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Publisher: American Dental Education Association
ISSN: 0022-0337
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 September 2019
Date of Acceptance: 20 June 2019
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 10:10

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