Assessing the medical emergency preparedness of dental faculty, residents, and practicing periodontists: An exploratory study

Tatiana De Bedout, Kyle Kramer, Steven Blanchard, Yusuke Hamada, George J. Eckert, Gerardo Maupome, Vanchit John

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With the increased number of elderly and medically compromised individuals receiving dental care and the presence of systemic comorbidities and associated treatment modalities in this patient population, it is imperative that dentists be prepared to manage a variety of medical emergencies. The aim of this study was to assess the knowledge of and preparedness to manage common medical emergencies of cohorts of practicing periodontists, specialty residents, and faculty members, both for comparative purposes and as an aid to refining a dental school's standardized case scenarios. The study, conducted in 2017, was designed for four groups of randomly selected participants with at least 20 in each group; the actual number of voluntary participants was 28 private practice periodontists, 22 residents in specialty programs, 21 specialist faculty members, and 24 general practice faculty members. Participants were asked to evaluate ten clinical emergency cases and identify the diagnosis and indicated intervention for each. Groups were also evaluated for differences among correct responses for each case. Overall, there were no statistically significant differences for number of correct diagnoses or interventions among the four groups. However, several cases had varying degrees of incorrect diagnoses and management across all groups. Participants who had recently graduated or were still in school were able to treat cases appropriately more often than the other participants. Further refinement of cases to assess provider preparedness to correctly diagnose and manage medical emergencies is needed, specifically establishing case-specific features and addressing areas of potential confusion before the cases are used for educational purposes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)492-500
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of dental education
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2 2018


  • Case-based learning
  • Dental education
  • Educational methodology
  • Medical emergencies
  • Medical errors
  • Patient safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Dentistry(all)

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