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Workshop for Development of a European Curriculum in Cariology

The European Organisation for Caries Research (ORCA) together with the Association for Dental Education (ADEE) organised a workshop to prepare a European Core Curriculum in Cariology for the education of undergraduate dental students. Prior to this workshop the ORCA/ADEE Cariology Curriculum Committee had developed a questionnaire concerning the cariology education of undergraduate dental students and had sent this to 170 European Dental Schools. 90% of the responding 123 dental schools were in favour of the idea to develop a European Core Curriculum in Cariology, thus giving overwhelming support for this ambitious project. The findings from the questionnaire also established that the term “Cariology” is understood in nearly all European Dental Schools to also include all aspects of dental hard tissue disorders, such as dental erosion and non-erosive wear.  

This workshop took place in Berlin between 27th and 30th of June 2010 in the famous Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. Chair of the Local Organizing Committee and the Educational Committee was Prof. Andreas Schulte from the German Heidelberg University. Members of the Educational Committee were PD Dr. Wolfgang Buchalla from the Swiss Zürich University, Prof. Marie-Charlotte Huysmans from the Dutch Nijmegen University, Prof. Nigel Pitts from the Scottish Dundee University and Prof. Christian Splieth from the German Greifswald University. Furthermore, these cariologists served as Chairs of the five working groups through which the workshop was run. They were supported by the co-chairs Peter Bottenberg (Belgium), Hans de Soet (Netherlands), Lorraine Robertson (UK), Andreas Soehnel (Germany), Annette Wiegand (Switzerland) as well as by the Rapporteurs Paul Anderson (UK), Ismail Amid (USA), David Ricketts (UK), Andrew Hall (UK) and Nicola Innes (UK). In total, 75 scientists and lecturers working in the field of Cariology and representing Dental Schools from 24 European countries 1 participated by invitation in the 3-day-workshop. Due to the great international interest in these particular European activities, a small number of cariologists from North and South America also participated. In an interactive multi-step procedure, each of the working groups prepared a position paper which build to provide the basis for the European Guidelines for the education of undergraduate dental students in cariology. These Guidelines are being finalised by the five Chairs of the working groups. It is intended to publish both a detailed report on the results of the questionnaire mentioned above as well as the completed guidelines during the course of the year 2011.

1 Countries were: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK as well as Brazil, Colombia and USA

The Educational Committee wishes to acknowledge the financial supports given by the following charity bodies and corporate partners: ADEE, Colgate, 3MEspe, Foundation Innovative Dentistry (Stiftung Innovative Zahnmedizin), GABA, German Dental Chamber, GlaxoSmithKline, GC Europe, Ivoclar Vivadent, ORCA and Special Olympics Europe.

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