Critical Appraisal of the Saudi Dental Curriculum and a proposal to improve the teaching and learning methods adopted at Saudi Dental Colleges
Deanship of Quality & Academic Accreditation, King Fahd Hospital of the University, P.O. box 40065, Al-Khobar 31952,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Objective - To review and identify the areas of weakness in Saudi’s dental education curriculum and suggest suitable learning approaches to be incorporated to improve the dentistry education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Design - Review of literature
Setting – Published journals, reports and websites
Method - By critically reviewing the literatures, information pertaining to the areas of weakness in Saudi dental education curriculum were studied and accordingly some suitable learning approaches were suggested based on experiences from other universities
Results - With some of the identified areas of weaknesses in the curriculum and with the current advances in new knowledge and technology, there may be a need for incorporating innovative teaching and learning methods in Saudi Dental education, with a possibility of introducing it in the new dental schools. The results of this literature review were limited to Undergraduate dental education curriculum only.
Conclusion- Using the suggested teaching and learning approaches, the Saudi undergraduate dental education curriculum could be improved by incorporating such modern ways of training as appropriate, to produce dental professionals capable of serving their community to the highest possible standards.
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