Proposed educational objectives for hospital-based dentists during catastrophic events and disaster response.

Walter J. Psoter, Neal G. Herman, Frederick G. More, Patricia Park, Miriam Robbins, E. Dianne Rekow, James M. Ryan, Marc M. Triola, David Glotzer

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The purpose of this project was to define education and training requirements for hospital-based dentists to efficiently and meaningfully participate in a hospital disaster response. Eight dental faculty with hospital-based training and/or military command and CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive) expertise were recruited as an expert panel. A consensus set of recommended educational objectives for hospital-based dentists was established using the following process: 1) identify assumptions supported by all expert panelists, 2) determine current advanced dental educational training requirements, and 3) conduct additional training and literature review by various panelists and discussions with other content and systems experts. Using this three-step process, educational objectives that the development group believed necessary for hospital-based dentists to be effective in treatment or management roles in times of a catastrophic event were established. These educational objectives are categorized into five thematic areas: 1) disaster systems, 2) triage/medical assessment, 3) blast and burn injuries, 4) chemical agents, and 5) biological agents. Creation of training programs to help dentists acquire these educational objectives would benefit hospital-based dental training programs and strengthen hospital surge manpower needs. The proposed educational objectives are designed to stimulate discussion and debate among dental, medical, and public health professionals about the roles of dentists in meeting hospital surge manpower needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)835-843
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of dental education.
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Dentistry


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