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Background: Rapidly changing education environment and competition in health care industry demands competent health care professionals. Dental Undergraduate Curriculum of Dental Council of Indiais designed to train the students in knowledge and skill domains but the conative domain is not address in a structured manner. AETCOM (Attitude, Ethics and Communication) module designed and implemented by Medical council of India is a unique module for training the undergraduates in conative domain. As the attitude, ethics and communication skills are universal among all the disciplines of healthcare services the same should be applicable for dental undergraduates. A Study in DMIMS Suggested Bioethics competencies for further additionsin AETCOM based on recommendation of the UNESCO’s Declaration of Bioethics and Human Rights’. So purpose of this study is pilotingAETCOM-B module (AETCOM module including the Bioethical competency) among Dental undergraduate and evaluating its outcome for training them in conative domain.
Objectives:To study the perception of Dental interns regarding the effectiveness of existing BDS curriculum towards attainment of competencies with regard to conative domain. Piloting and evaluating the outcome of AETCOM-Bmodule on a cohort of freshly admitted batch of Dental Undergraduatesafter completion of their final year
Methodology:Conduct a baseline survey for evaluating the perception of Dental interns regarding the effectiveness of existing BDS curriculum towards attainment of competencies with regard to conative domain. AETCOM-Bwill be piloted in a freshly admitted batch of dental undergraduate and after completion of their final year the same survey will be collected from the batch. The results of baseline survey and batch under the study will be compared statistically.
Expected Results:-Dental students can be trained, to attain competence in Conative domain and their perception for attainment of competence in conative domain can be improved significantly.
Conclusion:AETCOM-B module can be very useful tool to improve the competence of Indian Dental Graduates in conative domain.