Table 1.

ATSU ASDOH guiding principles

  1. Integration: Basic science, clinical, public health, dental business, and all other curricular content are to be integrated to the fullest extent possible.

  2. Laboratory: The amount of time students spend doing laboratory procedures is to be minimized.

  3. Basic Science Faculty: No full-time basic science faculty members are to be hired, and all of the basic sciences are to be taught in a modular format utilizing visiting faculty members.

  4. Preclinical Faculty: The number of full-time preclinical dental science faculty members is to be limited; instead, the majority of the preclinical instruction is to be by part-time adjunct faculty members.

  5. Curriculum Management: The curriculum is to be managed centrally utilizing a “top-down” approach directed by the Curriculum Committee.

  6. Departments: The dental school is to be organized by discipline-specific areas overseen by specialty directors or co-directors and not by a departmental structure.

  7. Clinical Curriculum: The clinical curriculum is to maximize the use of external community sites and is to be a two-year curriculum that does not require a student to “graduate” from the third year in order to promote to the fourth year.

  8. Tenure: A tenure system is not to be utilized, but rather one- to two-year renewable contracts are to be in place.

  9. Collegiality: Students are to be treated in a collegial manner—one of a developing colleague.

  10. Dentist of the Future: The emphasis is to be on educating dentists for the 21st century, including equipping dentists to manage the care of patients with complex needs in an ever-changing health care environment and to address health needs of communities and underserved populations.