So you want to be a specialist registrar?--What to put in your CV.
Dentists applying to a specialist training programme often receive conflicting advice over what to put in their curriculum vitae (CV). We conducted a survey of the Training Programme Directors of the dental specialties to determine what aspects of CV content and presentation styles are considered important. This has allowed us to construct guidelines for what to put in a CV. Recently, structured application forms have become increasingly popular and may be a more objective way to carry out the shortlisting process. The guidelines presented could also be used as a framework for medical personnel departments if structured application forms eventually replace the CV. (+info)
Current products and practices: curriculum development in orthodontic specialist registrar training: can orthodontics achieve constructive alignment?
This paper aims to encourage a debate on the learning outcomes that have been developed for orthodontic specialist education. In outcome-based education the learning outcomes are clearly defined. They determine curriculum content and its organization, the teaching and learning approaches, the assessment techniques and hope to focus the minds of the students on ensuring all the learning outcomes are met. In Orthodontic Specialist Registrar training, whether constructive alignment can be achieved depends on the relationship between these aspects of the education process and the various bodies responsible for their delivery in the UK. (+info)
Proposed educational objectives for hospital-based dentists during catastrophic events and disaster response.
The purpose of this project was to define education and training requirements for hospital-based dentists to efficiently and meaningfully participate in a hospital disaster response. Eight dental faculty with hospital-based training and/or military command and CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive) expertise were recruited as an expert panel. A consensus set of recommended educational objectives for hospital-based dentists was established using the following process: 1) identify assumptions supported by all expert panelists, 2) determine current advanced dental educational training requirements, and 3) conduct additional training and literature review by various panelists and discussions with other content and systems experts. Using this three-step process, educational objectives that the development group believed necessary for hospital-based dentists to be effective in treatment or management roles in times of a catastrophic event were established. These educational objectives are categorized into five thematic areas: 1) disaster systems, 2) triage/medical assessment, 3) blast and burn injuries, 4) chemical agents, and 5) biological agents. Creation of training programs to help dentists acquire these educational objectives would benefit hospital-based dental training programs and strengthen hospital surge manpower needs. The proposed educational objectives are designed to stimulate discussion and debate among dental, medical, and public health professionals about the roles of dentists in meeting hospital surge manpower needs. (+info)
Orthognathic cases: what are the surgical costs?
This multicentre, retrospective, study assessed the cost, and factors influencing the cost, of combined orthodontic and surgical treatment for dentofacial deformity. The sample, from a single region in England, comprised 352 subjects treated in 11 hospital orthodontic units who underwent orthognathic surgery between 1 January 1995 and 31 March 2000. Statistical analysis of the data was undertaken using non-parametric tests (Spearman and Wilcoxon signed rank). The average total treatment cost for the tax year from 6 April 2000 to 5 April 2001 was euro6360.19, with costs ranging from euro3835.90 to euro12 150.55. The average operating theatre cost was euro2189.54 and the average inpatient care (including the cost of the intensive care unit and ward stay) was euro1455.20. Joint clinic costs comprised, on average, 10 per cent of the total cost, whereas appointments in other specialities, apart from orthodontics, comprised 2 per cent of the total costs. Differences in the observed costings between the units were unexplained but may reflect surgical difficulties, differences in clinical practice, or efficiency of patient care. These indicators need to be considered in future outcome studies for orthognathic patients. (+info)
Use of information and communication technology among dental students and registrars at the faculty of dental sciences, University of Lagos.
Factors associated with the satisfaction of millennial generation dental residents.
Data from the 2010 Learners' Perceptions Survey (LPS) administered through the Office of Academic Affiliations, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) were analyzed to identify factors associated with dental residents' satisfaction with the VA as a clinical training environment. Satisfaction scores were linked to clinic workloads, dental procedure complexity levels, staffing patterns, and facility infrastructure data to explore conditions that may improve residents' satisfaction. Findings supported the construct validity of the LPS survey data and underscored the importance of maintaining optimal ratios of attending dentists, dental assistants, and administrative staff to residents so that each trainee will have opportunities to perform an adequate level of dental workload. As programs strive to improve the quality of graduate dental education, findings from this study are vital for setting curriculum design guidelines and for providing infrastructure support for dental resident education. (+info)