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Dental academia: a student's dental home

Bastin, Meghan (2015) Dental academia: a student's dental home. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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There is more than one curriculum present in many schools in higher education. The hidden curriculum is the one that shapes the character and other intangible qualities of students. It is much more difficult to evaluate the hidden curriculum because its lessons result from the students’ unforeseen experiences during the formal educational process. A student’s dental home is their dental school and it should include all aspects of their dental education. The relationship between a student and their dental school should be comprehensive, accessible, and mutually supportive. Everyone has a role to play in making the emotional climate of our health education institutions more respectful and nurturing. Many different stakeholders are starting to demand that environments change to be more responsive to the needs of the patients they serve as well as healthy places for people to work and learn. Public Health Statement: As a profession, dentistry is entrusted with the responsibility for upholding the highest quality of care for the public. This quality care begins with a quality education. Dental school administrators, looking to improve the quality of their educational institutions, need to ensure that graduates will enter into the dental workforce with comparable quality standards. With the growing awareness of the importance of good oral health, well-educated, high-quality, health care professionals will be necessary to serve the public's needs. This research aims to discover dental students’ perceptions of dental academia, as well as the quality of their experience in dental education through each of the four years of dental school. It specifically aims to identify areas of personal change as a result of the hidden curriculum over the course of four years.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Bastin, Meghanmrb61@pitt.eduMRB61
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFinegold, Daviddnf@pitt.eduDNFUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberTerry, Marthamaterry@pitt.eduMATERRYUNSPECIFIED
Committee Co-ChairWeyant, Robert J.rjw1@pitt.eduRJW1UNSPECIFIED
Date: 2015
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Multidisciplinary MPH
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2015 15:02
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2023 11:56

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