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Open Access Research article

Dental education evaluation in China: a systematic review

Jingyi Yang1, Ying Zhang2, Xiaolong Ye1, Cheng Xie3, Xv Ge3, Fan Lu4, Qing Yu2* and Hantang Sun2*

Author Affiliations

1 Division of Training, the Fourth Military Medical University (FMMU), Xi’an, China

2 State Key Laboratory of Military Stomatology, Department of Operative Dentistry and Endodontics, School of Stomatology, the Fourth Military Medical University, 145 West Chang-le Road, Xi’an 710032, China

3 State Key Laboratory of Military Stomatology, Division of Medical and Training Affairs, School of Stomatology, FMMU, Xi’an, China

4 Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, FMMU, Xi’an, China

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BMC Medical Education 2014, 14:178  doi:10.1186/1472-6920-14-178

Published: 27 August 2014

Abstract

Background

Accreditation of education is very important for maintaining and improving education quality. With the development of modern dental education, more and more attention is being paid to accreditation of dental education in China. Current accreditation of dental education in China is called “dental education evaluation”. By using a systematic review, this paper aims to provide the general profile of the standards and process of dental education evaluation in China (DEEC).

Methods

A systematic review on DEEC was performed, CAJD and VIP databases were employed to identify all literatures which were relevant to DEEC. Profile and features of DEEC were compared with those of the Accreditation Standards for Dental Education Programs of the USA (ASDEPU).

Results

The current standards for the evaluation are composed of six modules and twenty-four items, the evaluation process consists of three stages There was some difference between DEEC and its American counterparts.

Conclusions

Accreditation on dental education is very important for the maintenance and improvement of education quality. As the primary form of dental education accreditation, DEEC is basically suitable for current dental education conditions in China, however, in order to keep pace with the changing conditions, both the standards and actions of DEEC should often be revised.

Keywords:
Dental education evaluation in China (DEEC); Accreditation on dental education in USA; Evaluation standards; Evaluation actions; Site visit