Socially accountable selection of dental students for regional and remote Australia

Croker, Felicity (2013) Socially accountable selection of dental students for regional and remote Australia. In: [Presented at Med Dent Selection Forum 2013]. From: Med Dent Selection Forum 2013: Selecting Dental and Medical Students: the Australian and New Zealand experience, 15-17 May 2013, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

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The mission of the James Cook University (JCU) Dental Surgery program is to educate dentists to meet the oral health needs of Northern Australia with an emphasis on rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical health. This presentation will describe the socially accountable selection processes adopted by JCU so as to enable participation by a broad range of students, including those from under-represented populations as part of the widening participation agenda. JCU Dentistry currently has triple the number of Indigenous students than other Australian programs, some of whom enter through an enabling pathway program. Socially accountable practices that move beyond an emphasis on academic excellence create a tension as people with lower chances of academic "success" may be selected. This challenge is being met by embedding capacity building and support practices into the pre-clinical curriculum so these students can attain the required standards and achieve success. The first graduation will be in December 2013. To maintain this socially accountable approach, selection processes must explicitly manage the tension between expectations of academic excellence and inclusive practices.

Item ID: 45258
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: dental surgery, selection, socially accountable, rural
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2016 03:37
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education @ 70%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1105 Dentistry > 110599 Dentistry not elsewhere classified @ 30%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences @ 40%
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