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Exam for An Innovative Behavioral Science Curriculum at UT - Exam 45

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Description: Communication skills have long been associated with practice success in dentistry. The Commission on Dental Accreditation’s standards state that “Graduates must be competent in the application of the fundamental principles of behavioral sciences” and that “Graduates must be competent in managing a diverse patient population and have…interpersonal and communications skills.” A recent survey of U.S. dentists found an underutilization of communication skills. by general dentists. The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry strives for continuous improvement and has implemented an innovative behavioral science curriculum to improve students’ communication skills, consistent with the College’s “patient-centered, comprehensive care” philosophy.

1. All of the following are suggested “Communication and Interpersonal Skills” competencies, suggested by the American Dental Education Association for dental graduates, EXCEPT:

a. Communicate effectively with individuals from diverse populations
b. Provide prevention, intervention and educational strategies
c. Recognize and appreciate that dental patients have high rates of health illiteracy and cannot be expected to comprehend explanations of planned treatment
d. Participate with dental team members and other health care professionals in the management and health promotion for all patients

2. Which of the following statements is FALSE:

a. The majority of graduating dental students have indicated on surveys that the time spent in the curriculum on “Behavioral and Social Determinants of Health” was appropriate or excessive
b. In a recent survey, dentists younger than thirty-six reported using more communication techniques than older colleagues
c. In a recent survey of dentists, seven out of ten respondents reported receiving no communication skills training in dental school
d. The majority of graduating dental students have indicated on surveys that they were appropriately trained to care for diverse groups

3. The underlying principles that guided the development of the “Patient-Centered Dentistry” course included all of the following EXCEPT:

a. The psychological principles associated with operant and classical conditioning
b. A knowledgeable and skilled clinician in dentistry is a necessary but not sufficient condition for ensuring quality oral health care
c. Dental clinicians should embody the qualities of empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence or genuineness
d. The principle of backward curricular design

4. The “Patient-Centered Dentistry” course included didactic class sessions which utilized a modified Team-Based Learning (TBL) format. The “Patient-Centered Dentistry” course included debriefing of students on their communication performance from patients of record in the College of Dentistry:

a. Both statements are TRUE
b. Both statements are FALSE
c. The first statement is TRUE, the second is FALSE
d. The first statement is FALSE, the second is TRUE

5. Which of the following is a TRUE statement:

a. A basic tenet of social learning theory is that if individuals are to acquire appropriate behaviors and skills, they must first be provided the opportunity to observe models demonstrating those skills, and then be provided with the opportunity to practice
b. Effective feedback on performance of a behavior is that which occurs after a performer has first had several hours to think about the strength and weaknesses of his/her performance
c. Students who took the Patient-Centered Dentistry course felt that feedback from College of Dentistry clinicians was the least useful of all the feedback they received
d. The authors’ data shows that students who took the Patient-Centered Dentistry course were more effective communicators when they reached private practice.