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Dental Outreach Teaching Program. Claes-Göran Crossner. Major reasons for establishing health care outreach teaching programs?. For health care mainly based in primary care Due to the development of an increasing number of auxiliary health personnel.

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major reasons for establishing health care outreach teaching programs
Major reasons for establishing health care outreach teaching programs?
  • For health care mainly based in primary care
  • Due to the development of an increasing number of auxiliary health personnel
in 2002 the norwegian parliament decided to establish dental education in troms
In 2002 the Norwegian parliament decided to establish dental education in Tromsø
  • To increase the number of dentists in Norway, and specifically solve the shortage of dentists and dental specialists in Northern Norway
  • Particularly familiarize the students with the tasks in the Dental Public Health Service such as public oral health programs and oral health care for priority groups
  • Focus on prevention and collaboration with other health care workers.
  • Develop a modern, research-based international dental institute
what are the benefits
What are the Benefits?
  • Contact with real world, suitable patients
  • Experience of working in a dental team + work with other health and social workers
  • Carry out more clinical procedures
  • Better understanding of system(s) for provision of oral health care
what are the drawbacks
What are the “Drawbacks”?
  • The student has to move
  • Increased costs and reduced ‘production’ for the community clinics involved
  • Students will be guided and taught by more or less un-calibrated dental personnel lacking necessary pedagogic qualifications.


External University Clinics







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A total of 20 external university clinics by 2010

the external university clinic
The External University Clinic
  • 2 students per clinic (four months in the 7th semester and two months at the 10th semester)
  • An office for each student with a dental unit and a PC for electronic record registrations and network connection
  • One experienced clinical tutor (30 %)
the tutor
The Tutor
  • Recruited on a voluntary basis
  • Required to attend primary educational and calibration sessions at the Institute of Clinical Dentistry, University of Tromsø (2 sessions x 3 days, in part clinical and in part pedagogical)
  • Yearly follow ups at Tromsø
the student s performance
The Student’s Performance
  • Number of patients seen: Mean (Range)

0-6 yrs 7–18 yrs Adults Total

2 (0-4) 29 (5-44) 16 (6-26) 47 (20-72)

  • Mean numbers of procedures:

Intraoral radiographs 117

Local anesthesia 89

Restorations 80

Extractions 19

dental outreach teaching program in summary
Dental Outreach Teaching Program (in Summary)
  • The tutors were very positively surprised of the production and mature performance showed by these 7th semester students
  • Acceptable manual dexterity
  • Early insight in “real life” conditions and the variety of aspects related to the public dental health workforce
  • Quantity experience/practice in different kinds of dental treatment procedures
  • Professional self-confidence facilitated by an experienced clinical tutor
  • Experience in dental teamwork (dentist–dental hygienist–dental assistant)
  • Experience of local dental outreach activities in pre-schools, schools, health centers, hospitals, nursery homes for elderly, etc.
  • The opportunity to watch and assist specialists, general practitioners, hygienists and assistants rendering their daily dental care