HISTORY OF CURRICULUM PLANNING (1990's)
(a selected set of recommendations by committees that have considered reforms in the dental curriculum)Faculty Council (7/1/99)
Evaluation Report of Commission on Dental Accreditation (1991)
Report from BSCC Subcommittee on Curricular Review (1993)
- The scientific method should be further emphasized in clinical instruction.
Report from CSCC Subcommittee on Teaching of Pathophysiology (1994)
- The curriculum should be re-organized to give students significant amount of independent study time.
- Minor courses should be consolidated into major ones.
Institute of Medicine report (1995)
- Establish a problem-based course in Clinical Therapeutics.
- Enhance the teaching of Pathophysiology.
Strategic Plan (1996 Revision)
- Eliminate marginally useful and redundant course content.
- Reduce excessive course loads.
- Shift curriculum hours from lectures to guided seminars that develop problem-solving skills.
- Prepare future practitioners for more medically based modes of oral health care.
- The curriculum should be intellectually challenging, scientifically current, and biomedically oriented.
- The curriculum should provide students with an education in which problem-solving and critical thinking are fundamental to the clinical instructional program.
- The curriculum should provide students with an education in which the principles of clinical medicine and physical and psychological diagnosis are better integrated with oral health care.
- The curriculum should promote life-long learning.