Title

Student led instruction on select aspects of dentistry

Lead Author Affiliation

Dental Surgery Program

Second Author Affiliation

Dental Surgery Program

Third Author Affiliation

Dental Surgery Program

Introduction/Context

The traditional educational environment in any dental school is faculty teaching students. Historically, this has been effective at having graduates become successful dentists. However, an untapped potential in any dental school is the students. Students have a wealth of knowledge that they can relay to their peers and improve the educational environment. Having a background in teaching students how to make resumes, I examined the efficacy of student led education in the DDS Class of 2017 and 2018 using my own case studies on resume/CV development.

Method

In 2016, I met with faculty in the Integrated Clinical Sciences Department to identify a couple of two one hour time slots that were open to be able to address one dental class. I created a presentation to go over the technique behind creating a resume and a CV, and I gave this presentation during the first time slot. I handed out surveys that gathered data on the class prior to giving the lecture. Upon finishing the lecture, I passed out another survey to evaluate my presentation. Students individually scheduled one-on-one meetings with meetings with me to go over their CV or resume. I tracked their post-graduate plans to see if they received a job offer or a placement in a residency. I repeated this process in 2017, with modifications to the surveys.

Results

In 2016, students found that their average resume/CV strength was 2.94/5 and the average verbiage strength was 2.99/5. Students also rated a resume/CV as 4.46/5 in importance for a dentist and rated their confidence in post-graduate plans as 3.27/5. The Class of 2017 rated the efficacy of my presentation as 4.68/5. 21 students have met with me 1-on-1, and 20 of these students have solidified their post-graduate plans. This is a 95.23% rate of success. In 2017, students found that their average resume/CV strength was 2.51/4 and the average verbiage strength was 2.63/4. Students also rated a resume/CV as 3.52/4 in importance for a dentist and rated their confidence in post-graduate plans as 2.80/5. The Class of 2018 rated the efficacy of my presentation as 3.78/4.

Significance/Conclusions

In 2016, students believed that their Resume/CV was below average compared to their peers. This has slightly increased in 2017, but has room for improvement. Both student populations feel that a Resume/CV is essential for a new dentist. My experience with making CVs and resumes allowed me to share my knowledge with my peers. In doing so, I was not only able to decrease the amount of time faculty spent working with students, but I was also able to have an effective impact on the students’ future. I conclude that student led education on select aspects of dentistry can have a positive impact in multiple areas. Some of these areas are: the cost of dental education, the recruitment of new dental faculty, and the allocation of time for current dental faculty.

Comments

This work was presented by Kevin Kai at the CDA Presents: Anaheim Table Clinic Competition on May 5, 2017.

Location

University of the Pacific, Dugoni Dental School, San Francisco, CA

Format

Poster

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Faculty, Student, and Staff Presentations

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Student led instruction on select aspects of dentistry

University of the Pacific, Dugoni Dental School, San Francisco, CA

The traditional educational environment in any dental school is faculty teaching students. Historically, this has been effective at having graduates become successful dentists. However, an untapped potential in any dental school is the students. Students have a wealth of knowledge that they can relay to their peers and improve the educational environment. Having a background in teaching students how to make resumes, I examined the efficacy of student led education in the DDS Class of 2017 and 2018 using my own case studies on resume/CV development.