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A systematic approach to improve oral and maxillofacial surgery education
Virtual Patient Lab, Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
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2010 (English)In: European Journal of Dental Education, Vol. 15, no 4, 223-230 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To improve teaching quality and student satisfaction, a new curriculum in Oral Surgery was implemented at Karolinska Institutet in 2007. This paper describes the curriculum change as well as the results regarding quality, satisfaction, cost-effectiveness and workload for teachers and staff. To design the new curriculum, all members of the teaching staff participated in a series of group discussions where problems with the previous curriculum were identified and ideas on how to improve the curriculum were discussed. Cost-effectiveness was evaluated by comparing the number of teaching sessions between the new and the old curriculum. A questionnaire was used to investigate the staffs’ perceived change in workload and teaching quality. The students’ satisfaction and attitudes to learning was screened for by on-line questionnaires. The large amount of passive observational teaching was considered as the main problem with the old curriculum. Half of these sessions were replaced by either clinical seminars or demonstrations performed in an interactive form. Students rated the new curriculum as a clear improvement. Analyses of time and cost-effectiveness showed a decrease in teaching sessions by almost 50%. Generally, the teachers were more positive towards the changes compared to the non-teaching staff. The students rated the new type of learning activities relatively high, whilst the traditional observational teaching was seen as less satisfactory. They preferred to learn in a practical way and few indicated analytic or emotional preferences. The majority of the students reported a good alignment between the new course curriculum and the final exam.

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2010. Vol. 15, no 4, 223-230 p.
Keyword [en]
curriculum design;dental education;oral and maxillofacial surgery;undergraduate education
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Information Systems
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Computer and Systems Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-67444DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0579.2010.00661.xISI: 000295700100005ScopusID: 2.0-80053937929OAI: diva2:470298
Available from: 2011-12-28 Created: 2011-12-28 Last updated: 2015-08-21Bibliographically approved

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