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Improving the oral health knowledge of osteopathic medical students

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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment

J Dent Educ. 2002 Nov;66(11):1289-96.

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Judith Skelton, Timothy A Smith, William T Betz, Lisa J Heaton, Thomas T Lillich

Abstract.

Due to a complex set of circumstances including culture, poverty, low educational achievement, and limited access to dental care, the oral health of rural Appalachians is poorer than that of people in other parts of Kentucky. Limited health care dollars go to primary medical care which may be the only contact these individuals have with the health care system. Consequently, primary care physicians can help improve oral health. The University of Kentucky College of Dentistry (UKCD) and the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine (PCSOM) developed an oral health education block for third-year PCSOM students. Eleven UKCD faculty and one PCSOM faculty participated in the two-day, sixteen-hour oral health curriculum. Knowledge retention data from the post-tests was collected four months after the educational program. Students significantly improved their performance in six of the topic areas, with performance staying the same in one area and dropping significantly in one area. Focus groups were conducted with sixteen (two groups of eight) randomly selected students one year after the educational program. Students reported using the knowledge and oral exam techniques included in the course and felt that it was a valuable addition to their curriculum.

Publication Date: 

2002 Nov

OEID: 

1492

Skelton, J., Smith, AT., Betz, TW., Heaton, JL., Lillich, TT. (2002) 'Improving the oral health knowledge of osteopathic medical students ', J Dent Educ. 2002 Nov;66(11):1289-96.

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