Productivity of senior dental students engaged in comprehensive care: A seven-year follow-up study

John S. Blalock, Richard S. Callan, Anthony G. Mollica

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The aims of this study were to determine the trend of senior dental students' rate of production of clinical procedures performed in the comprehensive care clinic at one U.S. dental school and to compare that trend to what was reported immediately following inception of that clinic. In addition, total clinic revenues collected were recorded and compared. The periods used for comparisons were 2005 and 2006 combined, the last years before introduction of comprehensive care (called "pre-comp care"); 2007 and 2008 combined, the first two years of comprehensive care (called "post-comp care"); and subsequent years through 2014. The number of procedures and total charges were tracked in the electronic health record, and the total number of studenthours was calculated by multiplying the number of students in the class by the total number of available clinic hours. The rate calculated in this way was then multiplied by a factor of 1,000 for ease of interpretation. The results showed a generally upward trend and a significant increase from post-comp care to 2014 for all procedures combined and for indirect restorations. There was a generally downward trend and a significant decrease from post-comp care to 2014 for direct restorations, extractions, and root planing. There was some up and down fluctuation but no significant change from post-comp care to 2014 for exams. In terms of all procedures, the rate per student/1,000 clinic hours increased from approximately 227 to 419, an 85% increase over seven years. These results show that implementation of the comprehensive care clinic model of clinical education has increased the total clinical productivity of senior dental students at this dental school. Additional studies are indicated to determine the proper balance between a quality education and the financial capabilities of the institution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)378-386
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of dental education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017


  • Clinical curriculum
  • Clinical education
  • Clinical productivity
  • Comprehensive care
  • Dental education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Dentistry(all)


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