Advancing Oral Health Knowledge & Attitudes of Physician Assistant Students through Implementation of STFM's 'Smiles for Life' Oral Health Curriculum
AAPA ePoster library. Forbes J. 05/17/17; 180519; 158
Jennifer Forbes
Jennifer Forbes
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Advancing Oral Health Knowledge and Attitudes of Physician Assistant Students through the Implementation of STFM's 'Smiles for Life' Oral Health Curriculum Purpose To determine the effectiveness of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) 'Smiles for Life' curriculum on the knowledge and attitude of physician assistant (PA) students regarding oral health. Background Since the Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health in America was released in 2000, there has been a greater emphasis placed on integrating oral health into the PA curriculum. Most PA programs now provide didactic or clinical training in oral health. However, not all PA programs have implemented oral health into their curriculum and the biggest reasons given for not implementing oral health are the lack of available time and the lack of faculty with oral health content expertise. There have been research studies addressing various strategies of implementing oral health into the curriculum, some of which have included using the STFM 'Smiles for Life' modules as a component of the oral health curriculum. However, there has not been a study investigating the use of the 'Smiles for Life' modules as the sole component of the oral health curriculum in a PA program. Data is also lacking in regards to the effectiveness of the 'Smiles for Life' curriculum as a learning tool for PA students. If this curriculum is effective it could benefit PA programs as it could be incorporated into the PA curriculum without requiring additional classroom time or faculty expertise since all of the modules and assessments can be completed online. Methodology This study included pretest and posttest surveys that were administered to didactic year PA students from one PA program. Seventy-two students were given the opportunity to participate. The pretest survey consisted of 13 questions designed to measure PA students' medical knowledge on oral health topics and 8 statements regarding their attitudes toward oral health, the confidence they had in performing an oral exam and recognizing oral diseases. The pretest survey was given prior to the start of the 'Smiles for Life' curriculum. After completing all of the 'Smiles for Life' modules a posttest survey was administered. The posttest survey was a repeat of the pretest survey with the wording of one question changed from 'I expect to gain new knowledge and skills from the Smiles for Life modules' to 'I gained knowledge and skills from the Smiles for Life modul...
Advancing Oral Health Knowledge and Attitudes of Physician Assistant Students through the Implementation of STFM's 'Smiles for Life' Oral Health Curriculum Purpose To determine the effectiveness of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) 'Smiles for Life' curriculum on the knowledge and attitude of physician assistant (PA) students regarding oral health. Background Since the Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health in America was released in 2000, there has been a greater emphasis placed on integrating oral health into the PA curriculum. Most PA programs now provide didactic or clinical training in oral health. However, not all PA programs have implemented oral health into their curriculum and the biggest reasons given for not implementing oral health are the lack of available time and the lack of faculty with oral health content expertise. There have been research studies addressing various strategies of implementing oral health into the curriculum, some of which have included using the STFM 'Smiles for Life' modules as a component of the oral health curriculum. However, there has not been a study investigating the use of the 'Smiles for Life' modules as the sole component of the oral health curriculum in a PA program. Data is also lacking in regards to the effectiveness of the 'Smiles for Life' curriculum as a learning tool for PA students. If this curriculum is effective it could benefit PA programs as it could be incorporated into the PA curriculum without requiring additional classroom time or faculty expertise since all of the modules and assessments can be completed online. Methodology This study included pretest and posttest surveys that were administered to didactic year PA students from one PA program. Seventy-two students were given the opportunity to participate. The pretest survey consisted of 13 questions designed to measure PA students' medical knowledge on oral health topics and 8 statements regarding their attitudes toward oral health, the confidence they had in performing an oral exam and recognizing oral diseases. The pretest survey was given prior to the start of the 'Smiles for Life' curriculum. After completing all of the 'Smiles for Life' modules a posttest survey was administered. The posttest survey was a repeat of the pretest survey with the wording of one question changed from 'I expect to gain new knowledge and skills from the Smiles for Life modules' to 'I gained knowledge and skills from the Smiles for Life modul...
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