Evidence-Based Education: Faculty Development Workshop to Promote Critical Thinking Skills in Dental Education

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10600 July 12, 2017 13

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Introduction:The Commission on Dental Accreditation emphasizes the importance of teaching critical thinking. If faculty are expected to change the way they teach, training resources that employ the methods of promoting critical thinking must be made available to provide guidance on how to teach critical thinking. A search of MedEdPORTAL showed no peer-reviewed active learning resources for faculty development in the domain of critical thinking. Methods: This 90-minute workshop is designed to provide preclinical and clinical dental faculty with strategies to promote critical thinking skills in their students. It includes a presentation on foundational knowledge about critical thinking and knowledge organization, followed by small- and large-group activities. Videos of real teaching encounters are reviewed so that different teaching styles can be seen and discussed. Results: This workshop was given at the 2014 American Dental Education Association Annual Session, receiving an overall rating of 3.67 on a Likert-type scale of 1-4, with 4 being the highest score. It was repeated at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry, where it received an overall rating of 4.7 on a Likert scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest score. Discussion: For faculty who learned in teacher-centered curricula, training may be necessary to provide them with skills for contemporary teaching in this new domain of competence. This workshop offers such training.


Saeed S. Evidence-based education: faculty development workshop to promote critical thinking skills in dental education. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2017;13:10600. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10600

Educational Objectives

By the end of this session, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of critical thinking in patient care.
  2. Discuss how critical thinking skills increase depth of learning.
  3. Demonstrate practical ways to incorporate facilitation of critical thinking skills into the preclinical and clinical settings.


  • Critical Thinking, Faculty Development, General Dentistry, Preclinical Dentistry, Clinical Dentistry, Simulation, Simulation Training, weTeach


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