Contents of stomatological curricula in Europe

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Abstract

The present study focuses on dental education in the Accession Countries to the European Union. Comparisons were made with data from EU dental schools [Eur J Dent Educ 1 (1997) 35]. The findings show a large variation in the hours allocated to individual subjects, medical and dental, both within and between AC and EU dental schools. Stomatology derived from General Medicine and the stomatologist is viewed as a doctor responsible for one part of the body. This was explained by the large proportion of time dedicated to medical subjects, especially in the first 2/3 years of the undergraduate curriculum. The percentage of hours for dental sciences varied inversely to those for bio-medical sciences and increase continuously from the first year to the final year. Curricula in the Stomatological schools tend to have a discipline-structured approach, generally utilising a large number of individual departments, resulting in a multitude of subjects being taught. Curricular extensions from 5 to 6 years were introduced in some schools from 1990 onwards in order to accommodate new dental subjects.

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