Recent History Repeats

December 14th, 2011 · No Comments · Dentistry, Students

For the second consecutive year, students at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry have earned outstanding results in national board examinations.

Once again, results from the National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) showed that Manitoba dental students scored well above the national average in both the written examination and the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), a timed test of a student’s practical or ‘hands-on’ skills. It’s the second straight year that University of Manitoba students have posted what are considered amongst the best results in decades for the Faculty.

“We are delighted to confirm that, in addition to a 100 per cent pass rate, our students averaged two per cent higher than the national average on the written exam, and 1.5 per cent higher than the national average on the OSCE exam,” reported Anthony Iacopino, Dean of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba. “This is great news for our students, our Faculty and, of course, for the people of Manitoba who will benefit most from this outstanding achievement.”

The Faculty’s Associate Dean (Academic) added that the improved scores are a direct result of the Faculty’s concerted effort to better prepare students for the national test as part of the Faculty’s commitment to improving the educational experience.

New practice board exams – both written and OSCE – were recently added to the curriculum. The written test was originally developed by Dr. Randy Mazurat while Dr. Nita Mazurat created the mock OSCE portion.

“We even created an online practice exam with over 4,000 questions and an auto response format so the student can see immediately how they did,” said Doug Brothwell, the Faculty’s Associate Dean (Academic).

Student timetables were also changed to allow more time to prepare for the spring National Board Exams, the final step for graduating students to become eligible for licensure in Canada. These efforts, coupled with the first rate educational and clinical experience provided to students at the Faculty, contributed directly to the results realized by the Faculty’s last graduating class.

“Our Faculty and individual academics have worked hard to develop effective methods that enhance student success,” Brothwell said. “And in a process where improvements are measured and noted in decimal points, the results we see here are particularly impressive.”

For more information contact Grant Warren, Public Affairs, Faculty of Dentistry/School of Dental Hygiene, University of Manitoba, 204-789-3267 (gwarren@cc.umanitoba.ca).

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