Shaping the future of dental education: Caries as a case-study

Eur J Dent Educ. 2018 Mar;22 Suppl 1:30-37. doi: 10.1111/eje.12345.


This study reports on the full-day workshop "The Shape of The Future of Dental Education for Dental Caries-and how we get there" held immediately prior to the May 2017 ADEE/ADEA/King's College London meeting "Shaping the Future of Dental Education." A standardised, evidence-led Core Curriculum in Cariology (CCC) was developed jointly and systematically by ORCA and ADEE, starting in 2010. At the same time, the ICDAS Foundation was developing a comprehensive caries management system, ICCMS™. The workshop reported on what has been achieved on a global basis by many building on these initiatives. The CCC has been, or is currently being, localised in a number of places around the world and has, in some countries, been successfully implemented. There are also other areas which are struggling more with the logistics of introducing it. The workshop presented geographical perspectives and experiences on implementing the CCC from Colombia, the United States and Europe, as well as professional perspectives from hygienists, students and policymakers. The workshop then considered the future of the CCC and the roles of Interprofessional Education, Technology, Global Networking and Assessment in a Global Context in 4 breakout groups. Having had reports back and plenary discussion, it was concluded that the caries world has made good progress towards a "futuristic" curriculum with parallel development of a comprehensive, preventive and tooth-preserving caries management system-ICCMS™. The implementation challenge is now to share even more effectively in order to have these developments more widely accepted and adopted worldwide.

Keywords: Dental Education; caries management; caries risk assessment; cariology; curriculum; dental caries.

MeSH terms

  • Colombia
  • Dental Caries / classification
  • Dental Caries / therapy*
  • Dental Hygienists / education
  • Education, Dental / methods
  • Education, Dental / trends*
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Europe
  • Forecasting
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Politics
  • Students, Dental