Background - The Portsmouth Dental Academy (UPDA) was opened in September 2010 and was a development from the highly successful School of Professionals Complementary to Dentistry (2004-2010). The aim of the Academy was to provide integrated team education for all dental professionals in a primary care setting. The dental students are on outreach from King's College London, and the dental care professional students are registered at the University of Portsmouth.
Objectives - To evaluate the dental students response to the residential outreach educational experience at the UPDA. Methods: A 49-item questionnaire divided into nine domains that provided both qualitative data and quantitative data were administered at the end of the longitudinal 10-week placement, to four successive cohorts of students in 2010-2014.
Results - A 95% return rate was achieved. Students valued highly the quality of the clinical teaching. Through their experience, they felt they understood fully the role of the dentist in care planning in primary care and felt well prepared for dental foundation training. This educational success is unpinned with successful maintenance factors including a well-organised induction period and giving the students a sense of belongingness, empowerment and autonomy for their personal development as new graduates.
Conclusion - Within the limitations of the questionnaire study over the 4-year period, the students were very positive about all the aspects of this residential outreach education at the UPDA but particularly valued the immersion in clinical dentistry and the bridging from dental school to their dental foundation training.
- Clinical experience
- Dental education
- Residential outreach education