Accreditation requirements for dental public health programs



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2.4.0 Preparation for Practice




Requirement

2.4.1 A graduate of the program must be capable of meeting the dental health needs of the public as a specialist in dental public health. Sufficient opportunity for the development of competency in the specialty of dental public health must be provided. There must be sufficient experiences for graduates to analyse and manage dental public health problems as defined by the scope of the specialty. Program experiences must be such as to produce a graduate who can assume the level of professional responsibility appropriate to the specialty practice of dental public health and provide those services usually provided in the practice of dental public health.


Documentation Required


    1. Describe how the program manages resident’s experiences.

    2. Describe how resident’s experiences are monitored.

    3. Describe how the program ensures that each resident is provided with sufficient experiences to develop competency within the contemporary scope of dental public health practice.



Requirement

2.4.2 Appropriate community and/or dental public health experiences must be available to permit residents to demonstrate competency in the development and implementation of integrated community planning and delivery of oral health related programming. The availability of such experiences must be monitored to ensure adequate time to design, implement, and evaluate, as part of the educational program.


Documentation Required


    1. Describe the scope of dental public health related experiences and communities being examined as part of the educational program.

    2. Where local experience is not available, what measures are taken to connect residents with appropriate locations.


Requirement
2.4.3 Residents must have opportunities to work with other health care professionals.
Documentation Required
Describe the opportunities available to dental public health residents to gain experience working with physicians and other health professionals.

2.5.0 Evaluation



Requirement
2.5.1 Reliable and valid systems of resident evaluation must exist and be applied. Processes must be defined which ensure that residents are individually evaluated in terms of their achievement of the program’s stated objectives and outcomes. These evaluation systems must be the basis for judgements that govern resident promotion and graduation.

Documentation Required





    1. Describe the resident evaluation system(s).

    2. Describe how the program ensures that residents are evaluated in terms of their achievement of the program’s stated objectives and outcomes.

    3. Describe how residents receive formative evaluation.

    4. Describe how residents are involved in providing feedback regarding the evaluation system.

    5. Attach as an appendix, the results of the Canadian National Dental Specialty Examinations, administered by the RCDC, for graduates of the program since the last accreditation survey visit.


3.0 ADMINISTRATION, FACULTY AND FACULTY DEVELOPMENT




3.1.0 Program Administration



Requirement
3.1.1 The dean or director of the faculty/school/college of dentistry must be an individual who has the educational background, professional experience, authority and responsibility necessary to fulfill program objectives and outcomes.
Documentation Required
Attach as an appendix, the job description of the dean or director of the faculty/school/college of dentistry.
Program Director
Requirement
3.1.2 For the purposes of the accreditation documentation CDAC regards the program director as the individual with responsibility and authority for the clinical academic program. A program director appointed after January 1, 2007 who has not previously served as a program director* must hold Fellowship in the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC) or have completed the National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE) within two (2) years of appointment.
The program director must be a recognized licensed/registered specialist in dental public health and have the professional experience, authority and responsibility necessary to fulfill the program objectives and outcomes. Program directors completing the NDSE are encouraged to apply for Fellowship in the RCDC.
The program director must have the necessary time to oversee program administration, operation, supervision, evaluation and revision. Teaching contact hours must not compromise the ability to fulfill these obligations.
Documentation Required


    1. Attach as an appendix, a brief curriculum vitae and a copy of the job description for the program director.

    2. Attach as an appendix, the teaching contact hours of the program director and the teaching contact hours of other faculty members in the discipline.

* Please note the statement “who have not previously served as Program Directors” refers to programs directors of accredited dental specialty programs.


Requirement
3.1.3 When a new program is being planned, the program director or equivalent should be appointed in advance of the program starting date to allow time for developing curriculum, recruiting faculty members, preparing facilities, ordering equipment, making clinical program arrangements and establishing admission procedures.
Documentation Required
If the program is a new program, identify when the program director was appointed.


3.2.0 Faculty and Faculty Development




Requirement

3.2.1 The professional education of the faculty members, their preparation and practice experience, teaching and research must be adequate to meet the stated objectives and outcomes of the program. There must be mechanisms for the appointment, review and reappointment of faculty members, including those with administrative positions. One (1) or more program faculty members must be Fellows of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC) in dental public health.


Documentation Required


    1. List alphabetically the names of all full-time, half-time and part-time faculty members teaching in the specialty program.

    2. Provide on site the current curricula vitae of these faculty members.

    3. Attach as an appendix, the mechanisms for the appointment, review and reappointment of full-time faculty members, including those with administrative positions.

    4. Describe the review and appointment/reappointment process for half-time and part-time faculty members.

    5. Identify the number of program faculty members who hold Fellowship in the RCDC.


Requirement
3.2.2 The number and distribution of faculty members must be sufficient to meet the program’s stated objectives and outcomes. Resident contact time must allow the faculty members sufficient time for:


  1. Teaching preparation.

  2. Resident evaluation and counselling.

  3. Development of subject content and appropriate evaluation criteria.

  4. Program development and review.

  5. Professional development.


Documentation Required
Comment on the adequacy of the faculty member complement to meet the program’s stated objectives and outcomes. Identify specific areas where there is insufficient coverage and the strategies implemented to address these areas.


Requirement

3.2.3 An appropriate balance of faculty member involvement in teaching, research, scholarly activity and service must exist.


Documentation Required
Describe how the balance of faculty member expectations and involvement in teaching, research, scholarly activity and service is established.
Requirement
3.2.4 A process must be in place for faculty evaluation that measures the performance of faculty members relative to their expectations and involvement in teaching, research, scholarship and service.
Documentation Required
Describe the process in place for evaluation of faculty member performance.
Requirement
3.2.5 The faculty to resident ratios must be adequate to ensure that neither resident learning nor the health and safety of patients is compromised.

Documentation Required
Comment on the adequacy of faculty/resident ratios in each of the following areas: teaching, research supervision, laboratory, clinic and seminar sessions.
Requirement
3.2.6 Faculty members must be involved in continuing professional development. The program must show evidence of an ongoing faculty development plan.

Documentation Required





  1. Describe the professional development opportunities available for faculty members.

  2. Describe the budget support available for professional development opportunities.

  3. Describe how faculty members are supported or encouraged in these initiatives.


Requirement
3.2.7 There must be opportunities for faculty members to meet on a regular basis to discuss program issues.
Documentation Required
Outline how often faculty meetings are held and provide (on-site) copies of the minutes for the last two (2) years.
Requirement
3.2.8 The program must have a process to calibrate faculty members with respect to the consistent evaluation of residents.
Documentation Required
Describe the program’s calibration activities and the strategies implemented to measure the effectiveness of these activities.


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