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Research article Revised evaluation objectives of the Korean Dentist Clinical Skill Test: a survey study and focus group interviews
Jae-Hoon Kim1orcid, Young J Kim2orcid, Deuk-Sang Ma3orcid, Se-Hee Park4orcid, Ahran Pae5orcid, June-Sung Shim6orcid, Il-Hyung Yang7orcid, Ui-Won Jung8orcid, Byung-Joon Choi9orcid, Yang-Hyun Chun10*orcid

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3352/jeehp.2024.21.11
Published online: May 30, 2024

1Department of Dental Education, Dental and Life Science Institute, School of Dentistry, Pusan National University and Dental Research Institute, Yangsan, Korea

2Seoul National University School of Dentistry, Seoul, Korea

3Department of Preventive and Public Health Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Gangneung-Wonju National University & Research Institute of Oral Science, Gangneung, Korea

4Department of Conservative Dentistry, Gangneung-Wonju National University, Gangneung, Korea

5Department of Prosthodontics, College of Dentistry, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea

6Department of Prosthodontics, Yonsei University College of Dentistry, Seoul, Korea

7Department of Orthodontics, Seoul National University School of Dentistry, Seoul, Korea

8Department of Periodontology, Research Institute for Periodontal Regeneration, Yonsei University College of Dentistry, Seoul, Korea

9Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea

10Department of Oral Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea

*Corresponding email:  chunyh@khu.ac.kr

Editor: Sun Huh, Hallym University, Korea

• Received: 28 April 2024   • Accepted: 23 May 2024
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Purpose
This study aimed to propose a revision of the evaluation objectives of the Korean Dentist Clinical Skill Test by analyzing the opinions of those involved in the examination after a review of those objectives.
Methods
The clinical skill test objectives were reviewed based on the national-level dental practitioner competencies, dental school educational competencies, and the third dental practitioner job analysis. Current and former examinees were surveyed about their perceptions of the evaluation objectives. The validity of 22 evaluation objectives and overlapping perceptions based on area of specialty were surveyed on a 5-point Likert scale by professors who participated in the clinical skill test and dental school faculty members. Additionally, focus group interviews were conducted with experts on the examination.
Results
It was necessary to consider including competency assessments for “emergency rescue skills” and “planning and performing prosthetic treatment.” There were no significant differences between current and former examinees in their perceptions of the clinical skill test’s objectives. The professors who participated in the examination and dental school faculty members recognized that most of the objectives were valid. However, some responses stated that “oromaxillofacial cranial nerve examination,” “temporomandibular disorder palpation test,” and “space management for primary and mixed dentition” were unfeasible evaluation objectives and overlapped with dental specialty areas.
Conclusion
When revising the Korean Dentist Clinical Skill Test’s objectives, it is advisable to consider incorporating competency assessments related to “emergency rescue skills” and “panning and performing prosthetic treatment.”


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