Table 1

Comments from respondents regarding the adequacy or inadequacy of their current curricula relative to inclusion of oral-systemic science

Comments from Those Who Perceive Their Curricula as AdequateComments from Those Who Perceive Their Curricula as Inadequate
We recognize that oral health is an integral/important part of health.
Oral health is discussed in the over-the-counter/nonprescription medication courses.
Partnership with the dental school has helped.
Assessment/care of the mouth is taught with simulation lab experience.
We think our curriculum is adequate, but we don’t have outcome data specific to these objectives.
Information on oral-systemic health is spread across several classes.
Oral-systemic science is discussed in infectious disease and neurology.
Students get adequate content on oral health care as related to nonprescription medications as defined in the United States.
The curriculum is heavily oriented towards clinical practice: oral health is part of daily nursing interventions and expected of students on placement.
We have a limited range on this important topic.
Currently are looking to expand oral health in the curriculum.
We do not teach much content on this subject.
We teach minimal examination/diagnostic skills; however, the ability to triage is important to our students.
No time.
Lack expertise in this subject matter.
Oral-systemic science is not clearly defined in our curriculum.
Our curriculum is built on wholeness care. Including more on oral health would help to fulfill this mission. This would provide the means for our undergraduate and graduate students to be more proficient in assessing oral health and teaching about oral health.
The growth in information on the importance of oral health has not been reflected in changes to our curriculum.