BDS from Tripoli University – Dental collage – Libya.
Master degree of prosthodontics MDSc – Dundee University – UK.
Project title: Evaluation and development of dental materials and prosthodontics teaching at Dundee Dental School
Research subject area: Dental materials and prosthodontics
Dental materials has involved a significant amount of basic science teaching for which undergraduate dental students have often struggled to understand the relevance. This has resulted in dis-engagement from learning, rote-learning to pass examinations and a lack of deeper understanding of the subject and its clinical relevance to dental practise. Nowhere is the link between dental materials teaching and clinical dentistry stronger than in the clinical discipline of fixed prosthodontics. Recent publication of a new set General Dental Council (GDC) learning outcomes provides and ideal opportunity to align teaching to national requirements. Finally, students satisfaction surveys form an important part of course evaluation and Dundee Dental School has, in the past, found difficulty achieving this, particularly for the study of dental materials.
Evaluation of current teaching can be done by survey work involving student cohorts as well as comparative work with other institutions in the UK, Europe and beyond. Development of novel teaching methods based on sound educational practise theories and using new media can be pursued and subsequently evaluated. Development of formative course assessments to aid learning is another area that should be explored possibly in the form of development and maintenance of an evidence base with subsequent guardian status of following cohorts of students. Finally, course improvements should map to objective improvement in clinical skills within either the laboratory environment or the clinics that students attend. Objective methods of evaluation of clinical work to test these theories could also have impact of ways in which student work is evaluated subsequently.