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1st NAAC Accredited Dental College in Kerala

Eminent Faculty

Advanced Quality Dental Care

Best Practices

Best Practices

Best Practice 1

Title :  Laminated Dental Care System 

The College being located in the periphery of Trivandrum Corporation provides dental services to patients near and far since its inception. The institution meets the needs of different strata of patients through the functioning of Priority Clinic, Comprehensive Clinic, and PG clinic. This strategic compartmentalization into three levels ensures enhanced quality patient care system.

Objectives

  • To facilitate and ensure personal, professional treatment strategies.
  • To provide holistic and comprehensive dental care.
  • To familiarize and train students with the skills of running an independent practice.

Context

Institution follows the guidelines set by DCI & University in terms of academic delivery.  Furthermore the institution strives to provide the best clinical learning exposure to the students and the best patient care service with nominal charges.

“Patient waiting time” was one of the concerns identified during the feedback analysis of patient satisfaction survey by IQAC.

Inspite of operational difficulties, a comprehensive clinic system was started in 2017 under Public Health Dentistry Department aiming all treatments under one roof.  After its successful running for 2 years, this system paved the ways for establishment of 5 separate comprehensive clinics and enabled to impart a more clinical and professional skill development arena for UG students. 

Hence a three level system of dental services was designed:

  1. Comprehensive Clinic System
  2. Designated PG Clinics
  3. Priority Clinic

Practice

PG clinics are structured and operated according to the guidelines set by DCI and University. 

Comprehensive clinics system provides a one stop clinic for any and all dental needs of patients.  This provides a first-hand experience of holistic dental care to UG students and interns that makes them ready for individual private practice. 

Each clinic comprises of a clinic in-charge (an OMR faculty) and a faculty from all specialities.  All UG students from 3rd BDS to Interns are divided in batches and allotted to these clinics.  This system reduces the waiting period for patients providing improved patient care system.

PG Clinics performs advanced treatment procedures and surgeries, difficult cases which are not managed by UG students/interns are referred to PG students under expert supervision by HOD/PG Guide.

Patients who wish for ‘private clinic experience’ opt for priority clinic.  Priority Clinic provides a private dental clinic and a cosy experiences to patients who prefer immediate appointments by an experienced faculty.  Priority clinic expedites dental treatment and reduces waiting period which is a pleasant deviation from the conventional patient appointment system.

All Advanced dental treatments are referred to Advanced Dental Science Department from any or all these clinics to provide specialized treatments such as surgical cases including implant placement, Guided Bone Regeneration, Socket preservation, second stage surgery of implants, management of peri-implantitis etc.

Evidence of Success

Interim results as measured by patient inflow in Comprehensive clinic and Priority clinic show the acceptance and benefit imbibed by the patient as well as PG clinic getting streamlined with regular and emergency cases.

Problems Encountered and Resources Required

Patients’ attitude and education towards the comprehensive clinic was one of the major challenges that were encountered. This particular inconveniences was overcome by setting up a helpdesk in the reception and enlightening the importance of comprehensive dental care through various educational tools.

Best Practice 2

Title : Student Centred Teaching Learning System

Management of the College, from the time of its inception considered the latest techniques in teaching and learning as the most successful channel to impart knowledge and learning experience thus to provide a learner centric curriculum delivery.

Objectives

  • To implement student centric teaching learning methodology in curriculum delivery and promote self-directed learning. 
  • To incorporate a common portal of learning for students and teaching faculties in order to use gadgets in a productive way.
  • To enhance the pedagogy and learning outcomes with total involvement of teachers and students.
  • To provide the best learning resources and cater different level learners.

Context:

As emphasised in institutional vision statement and moto of producing dental professionals with skills, knowledge and values, the newer adaptations of learner centric teaching learning are to be implemented to produce global dentists of tomorrow.

Accordingly a genuine shift from passive learning to self- directed learning process have to be cultivated among the students.

In order to provide a better learning experience to the students, a small group teaching system-micro lecture system was implemented by incorporating teaching learning activities in 2017 for II BDS students which showed 100% promotion rate for that batch.  Hence further implementation of an activity based teaching methodology was initiated batch wise since then.

Finally an Activity Based Learning Education (ABLE) system is implemented which is actually a blended mode of teaching methodology incorporating both student centric and teacher centric mode of curriculum delivery.

Practice:

This system is aimed at managing various learning related issues of the students such as lack of concentration, inability to comprehend, analyse, apply and evaluate the subject taught.

Accordingly each theory class is planned to have 4 components.  A mid class activity to engage and sustain the students’ concentration throughout the lecture and also to provide a platform for participatory learning. 

This is followed by the post evaluation test to ensure and evaluate the achievement of learning outcome.  An assignment as a homework reinforces the topic.  The student feedback regarding the topic and the class ensures the complete topic delivery.

Teacher centric mode practiced in this system is a modified version of the conventional teaching methodology with incorporation of small teaching learning activities and exercises in order to break the monotony of conventional lecture system.

Dental Education Technology Department monitor the classes, collect feedback forms from students, subject in-charges, HODs for improving, updating and upgrading the system.

Evidence of Success

  • Participatory learning is highlighted.
  • Students are able to perform better in their examinations with high scores.
  • Students are accomplished with self-centred learning practice.
  • Teaching has become more effective and learning more interesting instead of a tiresome repetitive exercise.

Problems Encountered and Resources Required

  1. Familiarizing the student centric mode of teaching- learning to students and faculties.
  2. Evaluation of learning outcome.
  3. Infrastructure and digitalization.

Best Practice-3

Anti Ragging Cell

 

 

 

 

Best Practice-4

Organic Farming

 

 

 

 

Best Practice-5

Tobacco Cessation Clinic

 

 

 

 

Best Practice-6

Continuing Dental Education Programs

 

 

 

 

Best Practice-7

Free Treatment for patients as per ration card category