Restorative dentistry productivity of senior students engaged in comprehensive care

John S. Blalock, Richard S. Callan, David A. Lazarchik, W. Frank Caughman, Stephen Looney

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In dental education, various clinical delivery models are used to educate dental students. The quantitative and qualitative measures used to assess the outcomes of these models are varied. Georgia Health Sciences University College of Dental Medicine has adopted a version of a general dentistry comprehensive care dental education hybrid model. Outcome assessments were developed to evaluate the effectiveness of this delivery model. The aim of this study was to compare the number of restorative procedures performed by senior dental students under a discipline-based model versus senior student productivity engaged in comprehensive care as part of a hybrid model. The rate of senior students' productivity in performing various restorative procedures was tracked over four years, and a comparison was made. In the first two years, the seniors operated in a discipline-based model, while in the last two years the seniors operated in a comprehensive care hybrid model. The results showed that there was a significant increase in productivity by the students in terms of direct and indirect restorations. This increase in productivity may indicate that the comprehensive care model may be a more productive model, thereby enhancing clinical experiences for the students, improving operating efficiency for the schools, and ultimately increasing clinical income.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1615-1622
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of dental education
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012


  • Clinical curriculum
  • Clinical education
  • Clinical productivity
  • Comprehensive care
  • Dental education
  • Dental students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Dentistry(all)


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