Transitioning 'fit-for-purpose' dental graduates into regional and remote practice through curriculum design and clinical placements

Croker, Felicity (2018) Transitioning 'fit-for-purpose' dental graduates into regional and remote practice through curriculum design and clinical placements. In: Proceedings of the 9th Biennial Remote Health Conference. p. 39. From: AYRI 2018: 9th Biennial Are You Remotely Interested Conference, 24-27 July 2018, Mount Isa, QLD, Australia.

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Background: The Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) at James Cook University (JCU) is a socially accountable program designed to address the population health needs and workforce shortages of rural, remote and tropical Australia. This presentation will focus on how aligning curriculum design and clinical experiences enables successful transition to graduate careers in remote and regional areas.

Methods: An ongoing cycle of review involving evaluation data gathered from students, graduates and clinical partners has informed development of the innovative curriculum design of the BDS. This pioneering dental program embeds the rural and remote focus and assures clinical competency involves responding appropriately to domestic violence and medical emergencies. Final year students complete extended clinical placements in rural and remote communities; this is essential if graduates are to feel comfortable and competent to join the remote health workforce.

Outcomes: Ongoing feedback is informing program design and delivery to optimise engagement and preparedness for practice. With student input, learning opportunities and clinical experiences can prepare "fit for purpose" graduates whose distinctive profile and capabilities enable them for transition to the rural and remote workforce. Graduate destination data reveals the significant contribution JCU dental graduates have made to the rural and remote oral health workforce since 2013. However, given the challenge of funding remote student placements, further research is required to evaluate the impact of the current policy and budgetary environment on the viability of the curriculum. This may reduce the capacity to continue contributing work-ready graduates to the future rural and remote health workforce.

Item ID: 55228
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: oral health workforce, graduate destinations, dental curriculum, clinical placement
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Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2018 02:21
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1105 Dentistry > 110599 Dentistry not elsewhere classified @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 30%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified @ 20%
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