Table 2

What we know about dental education at the end of 2011

  1. Disease patterns are changing.

  2. Knowledge and technology are exploding.

  3. Demographics are changing, but diversity in dental education remains stagnant.

  4. Dental education remains inflexible.

  5. Health disparities are prevalent.

  6. Access to care is a serious public health problem.

  7. The mouth is connected to the body.

  8. A new science of medicine and dental medicine is here!

  9. Current dental practice is self-limited.

  10. Dentistry is left out of primary health care.

  11. Dental students cannot process overwhelming current curriculum content.

  12. Costs of dental education are higher than any other health professions education.

  13. Health care cost is increasing at an alarming rate.

  14. Moving towards a new health care system!

  15. The dental reimbursement system is archaic.

  16. Support for education is diminishing.

  17. Extramural focus is limited but improving.

  18. Competencies for clinical practice need to be redefined.

  19. There is a shortage of faculty members, so faculty recruitment and development are necessary.

  20. Research, critical thinking, and the scientific method are not yet integral to the fabric of education and clinical practice.

  21. Dental education human resources are diminishing.

  22. Competency-based clinical assessment is not prevalent.

  23. Basic and clinical sciences are still not integrated.

  24. Transfer of scientific discovery to education and practice is too slow.

  25. Allied health professions need expanded opportunities.

  26. New workforce models are here.

  27. Movement to open new dental schools.

  28. Silos remain the hallmark of most health professions education.

  29. National boards and licensing remain an impediment to education and practice reform.

  30. Education is what is left after the facts are forgotten!