Introducing Practice Management Education in The Dental Curriculum: Results and Recommendations from a Pilot Project in the Indian Context
Establishing and managing a dental clinic is essentially an entrepreneurial venture, and requires a multitude of competencies that go beyond the scientific and clinical aspects of dentistry. However, the dental curriculum in India does not have a separate practice management subject included in the curriculum. Avenues for assessing the competency in this domain are hence missing from the existing curriculum. Thus, the aim of the project was to develop a dental practice management education module within the existing curriculum.
Recommendations for practice management education program was framed in consultation with dental practitioners, dental educationists, and an interprofessional (IP) team specifically founded in this context which included a lawyer, architect, financial expert, bioethical expert, engineer, and dental practitioners. These consultations resulted in the development of a module which was shortly introduced into the curriculum. The immediate outcomes along with recommendations for further improvement are discussed here.
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