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Issue 491, 16 June 2003
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Teaching fellowship to find what makes a good dentist

 


A Leeds academic has won a national teaching fellowship award, making the University one of only seven in the UK to win a fellowship three years running.

Michael Manogue with students
Getting to the root of what makes a good dentist -Michael Manogue with students in the dental school's clinical skills laboratory

Dean for learning and teaching in dentistry, Dr Michael Manogue, follows previous winners Dr Ian Hughes and Dr Pauline Kneale in receiving a £50K fellowship over three years. His project will look at what makes a good dentist, and how to ensure applicants to dental school fit the bill.

"Most applicants to study dentistry are lucky enough never to have experienced major dental treatment themselves, so they may not fully appreciate what it means either to be a dentist or a dental patient," said Dr Manogue. "It’s possible that traditional means of judging applicants aren’t the best way to identify suitable candidates, and many able and committed students fail to get a place."

Dr Manogue will interview patients, students, graduates and employers to identify the qualities of a good dentist. With the school of psychology, he will then use the survey results to develop tests assessing applicants' personal attributes and capabilities, including 3D spatial awareness. Admissions tutors in dentistry will be trained in special interview techniques. The project will run alongside the existing selection system in dentistry in 2005 to evaluate its strengths and weaknesses.

The University also runs its own teaching fellowship scheme. For more information see http://www.leeds.ac.uk/ sddu/utfs.htm

 
 


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