Development of a Gerodontology course in Athens: a pilot study
Article first published online: 29 JUN 2006
European Journal of Dental Education
Volume 10, Issue 3, pages 131–136, August 2006
How to Cite
Kossioni, A. E. and Karkazis, H. C. (2006), Development of a Gerodontology course in Athens: a pilot study. European Journal of Dental Education, 10: 131–136. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0579.2006.00402.x
- Issue published online: 29 JUN 2006
- Article first published online: 29 JUN 2006
- Accepted for publication, 21 December 2005
- geriatric dentistry;
- undergraduate dental education;
- curriculum development
Aim: To describe the development of an undergraduate Gerodontology course in Athens Dental School.
Background: Because of demographic changes, undergraduate dental curricula should place appropriate emphasis on the oral care of the elderly. Therefore, the Athens Dental School Curriculum Committee authorised the development of a new Gerodontology course.
Methods: The new course was introduced in the 10th (final) semester of undergraduate studies. Teaching responsibilities were shared amongst staff from various Dental School departments and the National Health System. The course was elective and mainly didactic, consisting of seminars within the Dental School, educational visits to hospitals and geriatric day centres and elective clinical work in the comprehensive care clinic. The students evaluated the course at the end of the semester and indicated its strengths and weaknesses from their perspective.
Conclusion: The new course was generally satisfying. Based on the experience and evaluation of the first pilot year and taking into consideration the existing barriers, we plan to improve and expand educational activities, mainly including improved methods of teaching and assessment, and more clinical assignments.