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The endangered clinical teacher-scholar: A promising update from one dental school

Oakley, M and Vieira, AR (2012) The endangered clinical teacher-scholar: A promising update from one dental school. Journal of Dental Education, 76 (4). 454 - 460. ISSN 0022-0337

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Clinical dental faculty members' lack of scholarly activity not only impacts their ability to be promoted and retained in their institutions but limits the contributions they could make to clinical discovery. Contributing factors to this situation include the lack of purposeful mentoring and the widespread faculty shortages, which increase faculty workloads. One way to address this challenge is to develop and implement formal mentoring programs, endorsed by the dental school's administration, that use reward structures in which novice clinical faculty members are teamed with faculty members experienced in scholarly activity. The Clinical Research Scholars Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine has been in existence since 2008. Preliminary data from this program suggest that this has been a successful plan for increasing the scholarly activity of the clinical teacher-scholar. Although not without limitations, this program may serve as a model for other schools to consider as they encourage their own clinical faculty members to undertake research initiatives. Similar programs at dental schools across the country can enhance discovery, research, and treatment by expanding the number of researchers who are addressing the public's oral and systemic health needs.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Oakley, Mmoakley@pitt.eduMOAKLEY
Vieira, ARarv11@pitt.eduARV11
Date: 1 April 2012
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Dental Education
Volume: 76
Number: 4
Page Range: 454 - 460
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0022-0337
MeSH Headings: Adult; Dental Research; Faculty, Dental; Female; Humans; Male; Mentors; Middle Aged; Pennsylvania; Program Development; Program Evaluation; Publishing; Schools, Dental--organization & administration; Social Networking; Staff Development; Teaching; Workload
PubMed ID: 22473557
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 19:10
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2020 13:55


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