A Mentored Critical Thinking and Writing Exercise in a Dental School Curriculum

Publication ID Published Version
9224 August 21, 2012 1


This module, which extends over three quarters, was created to help students learn to develop a problem statement, question, or hypothesis; perform an increasingly sophisticated search of peer reviewed literature; read and critically assess information and evidence; formulate some conclusions about the information they discover; and write a short, original referenced paper of 1500-2500 words describing their findings.


Hoover T, Fendler F, Lyon L. A Mentored Critical Thinking and Writing Exercise in a Dental School Curriculum. MedEdPORTAL Publication; 2012. Available from: https://www.mededportal.org/publication/9224   http://dx.doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9224

Educational Objectives

  1. Expand ability to search peer reviewed literature.
  2. Read and critically assess scientific literature.
  3. Formulate evidence based conclusions.
  4. Communicate and reference these analyses properly.


  • Literature Review, Critical Thinking, Evidence, Faculty Mentorship, Assessment Rubric, Scientific Search, Peer Reviewed Literature Search


  • Dental
    • Critical Thinking


  • Knowledge for Practice
  • Patient Care
  • Practice-based Learning & Improvement

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Learning
  • Problem-based Learning (PBL)
  • Tutorial

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Allied Dental Student
    • Allied Health Student
    • Dental Student
    • Medical Student


  • Evaluation Tool
  • Presentation
  • Reference

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