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Prosthodontics specialization programs around the globe


Statement of Problem: Prosthetic treatments account for more than half of the all provided dental services, as well as the highest number of lawsuits in some countries. The quality of  Prosthodontics postgraduate programs has profound effect on the improvement of provided patient  health care and reduction of patient complaints. Goal: The goal of this study was to survey different universities around the globe for the duration and subjects of Prosthodontics specialty programs, the title of degree awarded and the programs hat are offered in conjunction with other disciplines. Materials and Methods: This study surveyed Prosthodontics specialty programs offered by different universities available on their websites, and reviewed published research on this subject using search engines such as Google, Pubmed and Medline. The published Accreditation Standards for the program and minimum requirements for achieving competency after completion of the program was reviewed. Result: The results of survey showed that prosthodontics specialty is not recognized by all countries. In 42 universities surveyed, the duration of program ranged from two to four years. The title of awarded degree varied in different universities. In some universities, prosthodontics and other disciplines were integrated in one program. Few universities offered additional subjects like photography, geriatrics and pain in their educational curriculum. Conclusion: The core subjects of the programs seemed identical. However, programs differ in duration, title and extra subjects.      
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IssueVol 6, No 1 (Winter 2019) QRcode
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DOI https://doi.org/10.18502/jcr.v6i1.1624
Prosthodontics Prosthetic dentistry Post graduate Residency Specialty Education Curriculum

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Farid F, Arastouei S, Saker J. Prosthodontics specialization programs around the globe. J Craniomaxillofac Res. 2019;6(1):1-10.