East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine

Is ranking calculated? Yes
Is honors status awarded? No


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 graduation.


For questions, please contact:

R. Todd Watkins, Jr., D.D.S.
Associate Dean, Dental Education and Informatics
watkinsr@ecu.edu