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J Periodontol Implant Dent. 2011;3(1): 21-25.
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Research Article

Comparative Evaluation of the Curricula for Dental Implants in Post-graduate Courses in Dental Faculties in Iran

Reza Pourabbas 1, Adileh Shirmohammadi 2*, Abolghasem Amini 3, Kazem Khodadoust 4

1 Professor, Dental and Periodontal Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
2 Associate Professor, Department of Periodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
3 Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
4 PhD Student, Institute of Manuscripts Named after M. Fizuli, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, Baku, Azerbaijan
*Corresponding Author; E-mail: shirmohamadia@yahoo.com

Abstract

Background and aims. Dental implant education is inevitable in dental educational programs of dental schools. The aim of the present study was to determine and evaluate the curricula and teaching methods for dental implants in specialty courses of periodontics, maxillofacial surgery and prosthodontics in Iran.

Materials and methods. In the present study, 6 dental faculties were evaluated. Data was collected through discussions in small groups with authorities, academic staff and post-graduate students. A special questionnaire was used for quantitative variables. Descriptive statistical methods (means, medians, and ranges) were used when necessary.

Results. All the dental faculties had dental implant educational programs in their curricula. However, the details were unspecified and the programs were presented differently in different faculties. A total of 82.3% of the academic staff of the departments involved participated in the programs. Lack of funds and facilities were reported as the most important factors limiting implant educational programs. Forty-five articles by the academic staff of dental faculties in Iran have been cited in Pubmed.

Conclusions. The details of dental implant educational programs are different in different dental faculties in Iran; however, the content of the programs are similar to a great degree. 

Keywords: Dental implant, teaching method, specialty course programs
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