A patient-centred approach to teaching and learning in dental student clinical practice


Prof. Harald M. Eriksen
Institute of Clinical Dentistry
Medical Faculty
University of Tromsø
Tromsø 9037
Tel: +47 77649103
e-mail: harald.eriksen@fagmed.uit.no


A patient-centred clinical teaching profile in the undergraduate dental curriculum at The University of Tromsø is described. This teaching profile implies that treatment planning is primarily based on the patients’ perceived needs and the students are trained to retrieve information from the patients in this context. The role of the clinical instructor is primarily as a facilitator rather than an expert. The ‘best interest of the patient’ is not always easy to disclose and consequences related to the patients’ levels of understanding, students competence, educational challenges and professional ethics are topics for discussion through the clinical education programme.