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BMC Med Educ. 2015 Dec 7;15:217. doi: 10.1186/s12909-015-0497-9.

Evaluation of oral microbiology lab curriculum reform.

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The State Key Laboratory Breeding Base of Basic Science of Stomatology, Hubei Province & Key Laboratory of Oral Biomedicine (Wuhan University), Ministry of Education, School and Hospital of Stomatology, Wuhan University, Luoyu Road 237, Wuhan, 430079, Hubei, China. niemin@whu.edu.cn.
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The State Key Laboratory Breeding Base of Basic Science of Stomatology, Hubei Province & Key Laboratory of Oral Biomedicine (Wuhan University), Ministry of Education, School and Hospital of Stomatology, Wuhan University, Luoyu Road 237, Wuhan, 430079, Hubei, China. 973066427@qq.com.
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The State Key Laboratory Breeding Base of Basic Science of Stomatology, Hubei Province & Key Laboratory of Oral Biomedicine (Wuhan University), Ministry of Education, School and Hospital of Stomatology, Wuhan University, Luoyu Road 237, Wuhan, 430079, Hubei, China. 645933142@qq.com.
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The State Key Laboratory Breeding Base of Basic Science of Stomatology, Hubei Province & Key Laboratory of Oral Biomedicine (Wuhan University), Ministry of Education, School and Hospital of Stomatology, Wuhan University, Luoyu Road 237, Wuhan, 430079, Hubei, China. 354454133@qq.com.
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The State Key Laboratory Breeding Base of Basic Science of Stomatology, Hubei Province & Key Laboratory of Oral Biomedicine (Wuhan University), Ministry of Education, School and Hospital of Stomatology, Wuhan University, Luoyu Road 237, Wuhan, 430079, Hubei, China. 137711727@qq.com.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

According to the updated concept of oral microbiology, the School of Stomatology, Wuhan University, has carried out oral microbiology teaching reforms during the last 5 years. There was no lab curriculum before 2009 except for a theory course of oral microbiology. The school has implemented an innovative curriculum with oral medicine characteristics to strengthen understanding of knowledge, cultivate students' scientific interest and develop their potential, to cultivate the comprehensive ability of students. This study was designed to evaluate the oral microbiology lab curriculum by analyzing student performance and perceptions regarding the curriculum from 2009 to 2013.

METHODS:

The lab curriculum adopted modalities for cooperative learning. Students collected dental plaque from each other and isolated the cariogenic bacteria with selective medium plates. Then they purified the enrichment culture medium and identified the cariogenic strains by Gram stain and biochemical tests. Both quantitative and qualitative data for 5 years were analysed in this study. Part One of the current study assessed student performance in the lab from 2009 to 2013. Part Two used qualitative means to assess students' perceptions by an open questionnaire.

RESULTS:

The 271 study students' grades on oral microbiology improved during the lab curriculum: "A" grades rose from 60.5 to 81.2 %, and "C" grades fell from 28.4 to 6.3 %. All students considered the lab curriculum to be interesting and helpful. Quantitative and qualitative data converge to suggest that the lab curriculum has strengthened students' grasp of important microbiology-related theory, cultivated their scientific interest, and developed their potential and comprehensive abilities.

CONCLUSION:

Our student performance and perception data support the continued use of the innovative teaching system. As an extension and complement of the theory course, the oral microbiology lab curriculum appears to improve the quality of oral medicine education and help to cultivate high-quality innovative medical talents.

PMID:
26643923
PMCID:
PMC4672534
DOI:
10.1186/s12909-015-0497-9
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