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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.