Introduction: This resource is designed to help faculty implement a digital case study as an assessment tool in a clinical dental or allied dental course. A case study designed on the Assessment, Diagnosis, Planning, Implementation, Evaluation, and Documentation (ADPIED) process of care, a model proven to promote critical thinking may be used throughout the allied dental or dental curriculum. Methods: The case study template, used for five years in a clinical dental hygiene course, can be manipulated to fit program requirements. This faculty guide presents best practices as determined from student and faculty feedback. Guidelines include methods and suggestions for students to convert paper patient records into digital documents as well as how to use screen shots of digital patient records. The templates and documents provided in this Faculty Guide are for faculty use as long as appropriate credit is given. Results: This digital case study has been used in clinical courses at a dental hygiene program since 2007 when it was first implemented. Students include this case study in their electronic portfolios and report positive feedback from potential employers. This case study template was shared with attendees at an ADEA Workshop in 2010 called Portraits of Learning. Discussion: This digital case study takes instructor time to develop the guidelines and provide guidance to students. Instructors and students who are not digitally inclined will have a steeper learning curve in creating a digital case study. All students may benefit from creating a digital case study with undergrad students having different case study components from graduate or postgrad students.
- Identify the benefits of implementing a digital case study assessment in a dental or allied dental clinical course.
- Formulate a strategy using the available template and documents to implement a digital case study assessment in a dental or allied dental clinical course.
- Employ suggested methods from this module to design a digital case study to assess clinical competence in dental or allied dental education.
- Value the use of technology as a mode of assessing competency in a dental or allied dental clinical course.
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