The undergraduate program in dentistry (BDS) will undergo changes in the country and become “student friendly” with the introduction of a semester system instead of the annual exam model, Dr Dibyendu Mazumdar said on Saturday. , President of the Dental Council of India (DCI). .
“There will be a 360 degree change in the curriculum which will be international standards and four and a half years plus one year internship, instead of the current course of four years and one year internship. Students will benefit more from the credit-based and elective-based program,” said Dr. Mazumdar, who was in Lucknow to inaugurate the two-day UP dental show organized by the Indian Dental Association, UP.
As part of the changes recommended to the central government, the DCI has added chapters of forensic, basic and advanced resuscitation courses. “Under the credit-based system, we will award credit for athletic activity, participation and practice of yoga and other soft skills,” Dr. Mazumdar said.
“The program change is aimed at the overall development of students and not just academics,” said Dr. Ashish Khare, Scientific Sessions Coordinator and Chair of the Dental Show Trade Show.
“Increasing the number of chapters and adding soft skills in the dentistry curriculum will allow the range of students to read a wider range of dentistry. With the course extended to five and a half years, it will be equal to the duration of the MBBS programme,” said Professor AP Tikku, Dean, Dental Wing, King George’s Medical University.
There will be nine semesters under the modified program and, according to Dr. Mazumdar, this will reduce the burden on students that was due to an annual exam pattern. “In addition, each semester, students will have the choice of pursuing two out of four subjects first, and the other two later. This will increase the burden on colleges but will benefit students by allowing them to choose which subject they wish to complete first,” Dr Mazumdar said.
The DCI has submitted its proposed modification of the dental study program to the central government, which will make the final decision.
Lifestyle change for teeth
With changing eating habits, more people now have tooth decay, which can be prevented with simple lifestyle changes, doctors said at the Association’s two-day UP dental show. Indian Dental, UP.
“Almost everything we eat now contains sugar and a very common practice is to brush your teeth only in the morning. Even rinsing the mouth with water is avoided when we eat in food courts and it leads to cavities,” said Dr. Ashish Khare, Scientific Sessions Coordinator and Chair of the Dental Show.
“We can eat sweets, but we have to make sure that our oral hygiene remains good and for that, brush our teeth twice a day and clean our mouth after each meal or after eating anything, in particularly sweet or sticky, is needed,” said Dr Gaurav Singh. , from the Dental College SP.