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The endangered clinical teacher scholar: Will this eliminate discovery from the dental school environment?

Oakley, M and Vieira, AR (2008) The endangered clinical teacher scholar: Will this eliminate discovery from the dental school environment? Journal of Dental Research, 87 (3). 200 - 202. ISSN 0022-0345

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Each year, dental schools struggle to do more with less - a reality that is confounded by dental faculty shortages and retention issues reported over the past 15 years. In today's academic environment, faculty shortages suggest that the resulting smaller faculty population will be tasked with more responsibilities than those who had the benefit of working with a full complement of colleagues. Fewer clinical faculty will likely participate in scholarly activity-in some instances, negatively affecting their chances for promotion and tenure, and ultimately lessening their own job security and feeling of accomplishment and self-worth in the academic environment. New faculty are in need of a formal program endorsed by their administration-one which places them with colleagues experienced in scholarly activity. This program, to include a definitive reward structure for mentors, would likely foster the retention and promotion of faculty and encourage the development of future leaders of dental education. Without a definitive plan, the clinical scholar will become an endangered species, and the research innovations and discovery of our profession will fall short in addressing the needs of the public's oral and systemic health.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Oakley, Mmoakley@pitt.eduMOAKLEY
Vieira, ARarv11@pitt.eduARV11
Date: 1 March 2008
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Dental Research
Volume: 87
Number: 3
Page Range: 200 - 202
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1177/154405910808700305
Schools and Programs: School of Dental Medicine > Dental Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0022-0345
MeSH Headings: Clinical Competence; Dental Research; Dentists; Education, Dental; Education, Dental, Continuing; Faculty, Dental; Humans; Mentors; Policy Making; Publishing; Schools, Dental; Staff Development--methods; Teaching; Workload
PubMed ID: 18296602
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 19:20
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2020 13:55


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