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Special care dentistry trainee views on the medical and oral medicine elements of the specialist training curriculum

Atkin, Philip, Cunningham, Adele and Andrews, Laura 2020. Special care dentistry trainee views on the medical and oral medicine elements of the specialist training curriculum. European Journal of Dental Education 24 (1) 10.1111/eje.12465

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Introduction Specialty training curricula are subject to periodic update, and trainee views are an important element in identifying which areas need particular focus. In this study, we wished to examine specialty trainee opinions on two areas of a curriculum for special care dentistry, in particular oral medicine, and the component elements of related systemic disease and therapies (RSDT), namely pathology, pharmacology and therapeutics, and human systemic disease. Materials and methods Following ethical approval, we identified 35 specialty registrars in special care dentistry in the UK and Ireland who were invited to use an online survey tool to gather demographic data and then to ask their views on the delivery of training in oral medicine and RSDT. Respondents were also asked whether sufficient importance was placed on these topics and whether they could be accessed and delivered appropriately. Results The 23 registrars surveyed comprised a representative group from all parts of the UK and Ireland and were at different stages of specialty training. The majority thought oral medicine and RSDT were key elements of the curriculum and could be given more prominence, especially in the context of an increasingly ageing population with associated oral manifestations of chronic disease, multiple drugs and disabilities. Discussion and conclusion The registrars surveyed felt that oral medicine and RSDT and were integral to training and that emphasis and opportunities for training in these areas could be improved, especially for those trainees based outside of a dental hospital setting.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1396-5883
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 November 2019
Date of Acceptance: 9 September 2019
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2020 03:03

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