Recommendations for Promoting Technology

Promoting the Transfer of Technology Into the Dental Curriculum

The CRET members intent is to collaborate with the dental school faculty and adminstration to promote the transfer of equipment and products into the dental curriculum, To this end, CRET recommends that the curriculum developed by the dental school to introduce the new technology include sections:
Basic Science – To the extent possible, the basic science of the product should be introduced.  Where possible, the basic science lectures should include the physics, biology, and informatics of the product and used as examples when teaching the basic sciences.

Technology Vendors – Students should be given a description of the current vendors or systems available for each CRET technology and the features or aspects that may be unique to each of those vendors or systems. 

Technology Application – Students should be trained on the proper use of each technology at the pre-clinical level with some measure of proficiency being completed prior to use in the clinics or CRET technology center. 

Faculty Training – Teaching faculty who will be exposing students to a CRET technology at both the pre-clinical and clinical levels should be trained in the proper use of each technology.

Financial/Economic Considerations in Decisions on Acquisition of Technology - Students should be taught how to assess the cost effectiveness and/or return on investment as a consideration for the purchase or adoption of a CRET technology.  This may be in integrated as part of an existing practice or business management course.

Competency and Satisfaction – Students should be assessed for level of pre-clinical and clinical competency with a CRET technology as well as their level of satisfaction with the training and exposure to that technology.  Additional assessments could also include faculty and patient satisfaction and measures of utilization.

Ethics and Clinical Decision Making – Students should assess the existing evidence base for each CRET technology and understand the ethical and evidence-based considerations for using that technology.