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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 42-45

Integrating scientific research into undergraduate curriculum: A new direction in dental education

Department of University Staff Clinic, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Fahad Saleh Al Sweleh
Department of University Staff Clinic, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-600X.173845

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Background: The advantages of involving students in scientific research have been well-documented. Many educational organisations and universities have placed emphasis on integrating scientific research into the undergraduate curriculum. Aims: The objective of this paper is to elaborate on the importance of integrating scientific research into the undergraduate curriculum and to propose a model on how to integrate it into the current curriculums. Methods: In this proposed model, students would be exposed to research in each academic year from the 1st year up to the 5th year. In the 1st year, students would attend lectures introducing them to scientific research. In the 2nd year, students would be distributed among the faculty members and would be exposed to a more detailed research science by having lectures that explain research problems, and the objectives of the study. In the 3rd year, students would have detailed lectures about study designs and how to write one. In the 4th year, students would have lectures about biostatistics, in addition to, lectures that explain how to write the 'Results' section of their study in a manuscript format; then they would be trained to conduct the study and collect pertaining data. In the 5th year, students would have lectures on the components of the 'Discussion' and 'Conclusion' sections as well as how to write them appropriately in a manuscript format. Finally, they would be taught on how to finalize editing of their research manuscript in preparation for publication. In the internship programme, they would be obligated to conduct another study independently, in order to evaluate their understanding. Conclusion: The undergraduate research is a cumulative learning experience which requires the support of the institute and faculty. Establishing a dental student research journal would encourage students to conduct and publish their research.

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