Perceptions of faculty and students on the Pediatric Dentistry clinical evaluation system at Piracicaba Dental School – UNICAMP

Carolina Steiner-Oliveira, Renata Andréa Salvitti de Sá Rocha, Cecília Gatti Guirado, Marines Nobre dos Santos, Maria Beatriz Duarte Gavião


Purpose: This study evaluated the perceptions of faculty, graduate and dental students on the Clinical Log Sheet (CLS) test, which was applied at the Pediatric Dentistry Clinics of the Piracicaba Dental School, UNICAMP, Brazil.
Methods: The CLS computed qualitative (punctuality, personal presentation, biosafety, and theoretical knowledge) and quantitative (number of procedures) items compared with
standardized quality parameters. The CLS efficacy was assessed using questionnaires answered by graduate students and faculty (Q1) and by dental students (Q2). CLS consisted of nominal questions and lines to write down suggestions, based on previous evaluations.
Results: All faculty/graduate students and 64% of the dental students answered the questionnaires. Faculty/graduate students considered the CLS to be an adequate and useful system, and easy to understand the items related to clinical concepts and performance; most respondents preferred this system to a more subjective evaluation. The dental students reported that the CLS was a partially adequate and useful system, but they also preferred the CLS to subjective evaluation.
Conclusion: Overall, the opinions about the new Clinical Log Sheet evaluation system were positive. Periodical re-evaluations will be necessary to improve this instrument and accomplish satisfactory results in a teaching-learning context.
Key words: Education; clinical competence; dental students


Education; clinical competence; dental students

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