Introduction to Clinical Practice in Dentistry Transitioning from Pre-clinical to Clinical Student Doctors at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry - Exam 77
by Braxton, Versluis-Tantbirojn, Wasson, Harrison, Levy, Stewart
Matriculation from the pre-clinical setting to the clinical environment is a tremendous accomplishment and exemplifies the student’s perseverance in learning
the fundamental concepts necessary for success in the clinical application of
dentistry. In an effort to maximize its educational philosophy for the teaching
program, the University of Tennessee’s College of Dentistry has implemented
Introduction to Clinical Practice I and II within the dental curriculum. Introduction to Clinical Practice I and II are designed to help the dental students effectively and smoothly transition to the clinical setting from the classroom and pre-clinical setting. This article describes the university’s efforts and continuous improvements within the pre-clinical dental curriculum for advancing students to the clinics. The purpose of this article is to provide helpful information to other dental educational institutions on how to assist their pre-clinical dental students in
transitioning to clinical student-doctors.

 1) Introduction to Clinical Practice I was implemented in the Spring Semester of 2013, with emphasis on introducing the first-year dental students to the clinical environment and to patient care due to:
  1. Increase in class size
  2. New competencies developed by the American Dental Education Association for dental graduates
  3. The new group leader comprehensive clinical patient care program
  4. None of the above
 2) Which of the following are learning objectives for Introduction to Clinical Practice I and II:
  1. Understanding the proper sequence of events for arranging patient treatment
  2. Understanding the Clinical Patient Care Program structure, policies, and protocols
  3. Understanding cultural/diversity considerations in provider-patient relationships
  4. Demonstrating a working knowledge of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry Clinic Manual guidelines
  5. All of the above
 3) All of the following are components of the course Introduction to Clinical Practice II except:
  1. A dental dam application rotation
  2. Two full class meetings
  3. A series of approximately twelve clinical activity rotations
  4. A Patient Communication Block (PCB) segment
 4) Which of the following is not an approved clinical procedure for the D-2 student-doctors in
Introduction to Clinical Practice II:
  1. Insert and carve simple class I amalgams
  2. Fabricate single-unit posterior provisionals, and assist with multiple-unit provisionals
  3. Prepare a simple Class II amalgam (limited to teeth with no potential for carious pulp exposure)
  4. Make entries into Axium
  5. Assist in one periodontal instrumentation, then perform limited instrumentation
 5) Which statement is not true concerning Introduction to Clinical Practice I:
  1. Introduction to Clinical Practice I is a Pass/Fail course
  2. First-year dental students in Groups A and B have five clinical activity rotations each
  3. The first-year student-doctors are responsible for turning in a completed clinical activity evaluation form for each scheduled rotation
  4. Pediatric dentistry is one of the main disciplines the first-year student-doctors are exposed to