Comparison of traditional six-year and new four-year dental curricula in South Korea.

Takashi Komabayashi, Chul Ahn, Kang Ju Kim, Hyo Won Oh

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This study aimed to compare the dental curriculum of the traditional six-year system with that of the new four-year (graduate-entry) system in South Korea. There are 11 dental schools in South Korea: six are public and five are private. Eight offer the new four-year program and the other three offer the traditional six-year program. Descriptive analyses were conducted using bibliographic data and local information along with statistical analyses such as chi-square tests. In the six-year programs, clinical dentistry subjects were taught almost equally in practical and didactic courses, while the basic science courses were taught more often as practical courses (P < 0.0001). In the four-year programs, both the basic science and clinical dentistry subjects were taught didactically more often; while more dentistry subjects were taught than basic sciences (P = 0.004). The four-year program model in South Korea is more focused on dentistry than on basic science, while both basic and clinical dentistry subjects were equally taught in the six-year program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-196
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of oral science
Volume54
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2012

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Komabayashi, Takashi ; Ahn, Chul ; Kim, Kang Ju ; Oh, Hyo Won. / Comparison of traditional six-year and new four-year dental curricula in South Korea. In: Journal of oral science. 2012 ; Vol. 54, No. 2. pp. 191-196.
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