JKAOH Journal of Korean Academy of Oral Health

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Original Article

Journal of Korean Academy of Oral Health 2019; 43(2): 83-91

Published online June 30, 2019 https://doi.org/10.11149/jkaoh.2019.43.2.83

Copyright © Journal of Korean Academy of Oral Health.

A study on the Korean dental education system

Bo Young Park1, Won-il Bhang1, Jihyun Lee1, Jung Joon Ihm1, Ho Beom Kwon2

Departments of 1Dentistry (BS-DDS Combined Course), 2Prosthodontics, Seoul National University School of Dentistry, Seoul, Korea

Received: September 4, 2018; Revised: March 11, 2019; Accepted: March 24, 2019


Objectives: This study aimed to propose criteria for evaluating the validity of dental education systems in Korea and suggest future directions for their improvement.Methods: We looked into dental educational institutions and derived criteria for analysis and comparison of dental education systems in Korea. Using analytical methods, we compared the strengths and weaknesses of each education system, and suggested core areas of improvement.Results: Considering the demands placed on the Korean dental education sector, it is desirable to have an integrated education system that includes the preliminary and main courses, comprehensive training linking the basic medicine and clinical practice, and complete career guidance.Conclusions: A good dental education system is one that meets the educational goals set by a dental school. If the goal is to train a student to be a good dental practitioner, a 2+4 or 4+4 system is recommended, while a 3+4 model is more suitable when the objective is to train students to be researchers.

Keywords: Continuing education, Dental education, Graduate school system, Integrated education system, Master’s integrated curriculum, Six-year school system