Table 2

Curriculum integration reported by dental schools, 2004–16, by percentage of schools responding in each category

Level of IntegrationKassebaum et al.

n=56a
ADA Survey
2006–07
n=56
ADA Survey
2008–09
n=57
Haden et al.
2010
n=55b
ADA Survey
2010–11
n=58
ADA Survey
2014–15
n=62c
ADA Survey
2015–16
n=65
No integration14%14%11%12%10%3%2%
Few courses integrated63%57%56%49%57%45%49%
At least one major component integratedd,e16%20%21%25%16%39%45%
Entire curriculum integrated7%9%12%14%17%9%5%
  • Note: The n is number of dental schools with any classes enrolled. The Kassebaum et al. survey was conducted in 2002–03 and was published in 2004; the Haden et al. survey was conducted in 2009 and was published in 2010.

  • a 48 U.S. and eight Canadian dental schools.

  • b 50 U.S. and five Canadian dental schools.

  • c 62 of the 65 schools responded to this question.

  • d This choice in the 2014–15 survey was “major integration: 2 or more components integrated into thematic units without disciplines.”

  • e This choice in the 2015–16 survey was “major integration: multiple curriculum components integrated into thematic units without disciplines.”

  • Sources: Kassebaum DK, Hendricson WD, Taft T, Haden NK. The dental curriculum at North American dental institutions in 2002–03: a survey of current structure, recent innovations, and planned changes. J Dent Educ 2004;68(9):914–31; American Dental Association. 2006–07 survey of predoctoral dental education, volume 4: curriculum. Chicago: American Dental Association, 2008; American Dental Association. 2008–09 survey of predoctoral dental education, volume 4: curriculum. Chicago: American Dental Association, 2010; Haden NK, Hendricson WD, Kassebaum DK, et al. Curriculum change in dental education. J Dent Educ 2010;74(5):539–57; American Dental Association. 2010–11 survey of dental education, volume 4: curriculum. At: www.ada.org/SDE4_2010-11_final2.xlsx. Accessed 15 Oct. 2015; American Dental Association. 2014–15 survey of dental education, volume 4: curriculum. At: www.ada.org/SDEA_2014-15_public_final.xlsx. Accessed 1 June 2016; American Dental Association. 2015–16 survey of dental education, volume 4: curriculum. At: www.ada.org/SDEA_2015-16_SDE4_final.xlsx. Accessed 12 Dec. 2016.