Comparison of past and current dental school curricula for dental students of National Taiwan University

Feng Chou Cheng, Yi Zhou He, Ling Hsia Wang, Julia Yu Fong Chang, Shiang Yao Liu, Yung Ta Chang*, Chun Pin Chiang*

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Abstract

Background/purpose: The complete curriculum schedule of the School of Dentistry, National Taiwan University (NTU) appeared in 1960. This study aimed to understand the development of dental education in Taiwan by comparing the past and current dental school curricula of NTU. Materials and methods: This study collected the 1960, 1990 and 2020 dental school curriculum schedules for dental students of NTU from the related websites and used the documentary and secondary data analyses to further compare the obtained data. Results: The number of credits for all the curricula offered by NTU to undergraduate dental students decreased from 264 in 1960 to 243 in 1990 and further to 242 in 2020 with a total decrease of 22 credits by 8.3%. The number (proportion) of credits of medicine courses decreased from 102 (38.6%) in 1960 to 52 (21.4%) in 1990, and then increased to 60 (24.8%) in 2020, with a total decrease of 42 credits by 41.2%, while those of dentistry courses increased from 70 (26.5%) in 1960 to 122 (50.2%) in 1990 and further to 132 (54.5%) in 2020, with a total increase of 62 credits by 88.6%. Among them, clinical practice of dentistry had the greatest growth with a total increase of 42 credits by 233.3%. Conclusion: The increase of dentistry courses and the decrease of medicine courses are the general trends for modern dental education. The dental school of NTU has the ability to provide more refined dentistry courses to catch the world trend of dental education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1169-1179
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Dental Sciences
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jul

Keywords

  • Clinical practice of dentistry
  • Dental education
  • Dental school curriculum
  • Dentistry courses
  • Medicine courses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry

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