Using patients in board exams under debate in Iowa

By | February 16, 2016

Should graduating dental students be required to treat actual patients in clinical board exams?

Licensure ReformAccording to ADA News, it’s an ongoing debate in Iowa where the University of Iowa College of Dentistry say there are “serious ethical concerns with the use of patients for board exams.”

Dr. Jarod Johnson, a new dentist, said it’s well-known that some students resort to inappropriate methods, such paying a patient to show up for their exams.

However, according to the Iowa Dental Board, the use of patients remains essential “to ensure recent dental school graduates are ready to practice.”

It’s a debate ongoing in several states as students, educators and dental associations seek alternatives or changes to the licensure process.

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