The development of a more focused, contemporary, and streamlined set of foundation knowledge statements should allow dental schools to modify and fine-tune their curricula so that foundation knowledge can be relatively consistent among dental schools.
The foundation knowledge developed will be the underlying information necessary for competency-based education.
In addition, National Board Test Construction Committees can use these sets to help ensure questions represent contemporary curricular content.
A student must have command of certain basic or foundation knowledge. Gaining this information occurs throughout the life of the individual at every level of education. Students enter dental school with varying degrees of education and life experiences. It is assumed that all possess that level of knowledge contained in the courses required for admission. A dental school education must build on this awareness with additional foundation knowledge in the biomedical sciences from which the student can proceed toward the prescribed level of clinical competency in general dentistry.
At a minimum, graduates must be competent in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry, as defined by the school, for the child, adolescent, adult, geriatric and medically compromised patient, including: