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Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 2014 Dec;118(6):637-41. doi: 10.1016/j.oooo.2014.07.010. Epub 2014 Aug 1.

The dentist as doctor: a rallying call for the future.

Author information

1
Department of Restorative Dentistry & Prosthodontics, University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, TX, USA. Electronic address: Ryan.Quock@uth.tmc.edu.
2
Division of Periodontology, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, Lexington, KY, USA.
3
Department of Dental Medicine, Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA.
4
Center for Craniofacial Regeneration, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental, Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
5
Department of Oral Surgery and Hospital Dentistry, Indiana University School of, Dentistry, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

When the future status of dentistry is considered, scholarship in the profession plays a key role. It is by scholarship that dentistry distinguishes itself as a learned and esteemed profession, and this position paper aims to explore and promote this vital core value.

METHODS:

As Fellows of the American Dental Education Association's selective Leadership Institute, the authors spent over a year critically examining the role of scholarship in dentistry, which was identified as a critical issue for the profession. A review of the health care literature was conducted to inform this paper's position.

RESULTS:

Scholarship is clearly the trait that distinguishes a profession from a trade, as evidenced by trends in other health care professions, as well as dentistry. Although dentistry is a learned profession rightly meriting that distinction, there are a few notable areas that can be improved.

CONCLUSIONS:

Because scholarship defines a profession, dentists as doctors and the leaders in oral health should demonstrate the highest scholarship; absence of scholarship risks perception of dentistry as a trade. All dentists can consistently manifest scholarship by integrating basic science, as well as by incorporating the dental evidence-base, into daily practice.

PMID:
25304441
DOI:
10.1016/j.oooo.2014.07.010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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