East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine
|Is ranking calculated?
| Is honors status awarded?
How is competency in
a course determined?
All assessment items are tagged with granular topic codes and relative
value units. The results are mapped to an analysis grid comparing performance
by each of 30 competencies representing the basic and clinical sciences. Results
from basic didactic exams (multiple choice) and applied didactic exams (OSCE
formats) are combined to provide one ranking. Results from problem-based learning
and case-based learning assessments are combined for a second ranking. Clinical
production and performance on qualitative assessments are combined for a third
ranking. All assessments are combined for an overall ranking and GPA.
How is the language
in Deans’ letters crafted?
The best students are those who perform well clinically, didactically
and in cases, and the letter makes this clear. There are no real code words
used in the letter. The letter focuses on very specific areas of student
strength, such as specific excellence in a specific discipline. Targeted
rankings are available upon request.
What else should
program directors know?
In addition to the program assessments, the students must pass the
National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE) Part 1 and Part 2 to graduate. They
must take the CITA clinical Board Exam but passing it is not required for
For questions, please
R. Todd Watkins, Jr.,
Associate Dean, Dental Education and Informatics