Basic science teaching in dentistry in centralhiastern Europe. Towards harmonisation?

Tivadar Zellesl, Gábor Varga, Jolán Bánáczy

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The present study was carried out to examine basic science teaching in dentistry in CentraVEastern Europe, and compare the situation with the EU. In order to Collect the necessary data, a questionnaire has been sent to 25 dental schools Of the region and 14 schools from 8 countries responded. According to the data obtained, the number of hours devoted to basic Sciences and medical clinical sciences together are 2206 in CentraVEastern Europe, and 1416 in the EU. In the case of dental clinical subjects, the difference in the number Of hours is just the opposite, much higher in the EU. Thus, for the Central-European region there are two real alternative ways of convergence to western Europe. One option is to decrease the level of basic science and medical science teaching and use the free capacityto increase the weight of dental clinical subjects in the curriculum. The other option is to leave the subjects that are at high levels as they are, and increase significantly the number of hours of the whole curriculum. It seems important to promote the convergence between CentrallEastern Europe and the EU. The EU has to define the trends of the next few decades and the Central/ Eastern European countries should converge in this direction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-153
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Dental Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - dec. 1 1998


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Dentistry(all)

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