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Development of a Gerodontology course in Athens: a pilot study

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Dr Anastassia Kossioni
Department of Prosthodontics
Faculty of Dentistry
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Thivon 2 Goudi
Athens 115 27
Greece
Tel/fax: +30 210 8678464
e-mail: akossion@dent.uoa.gr

Abstract

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.

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