Chinese Journal of Dental Research
Chin J Dent Res 19 (2016), No. 4     19. Dec. 2016
Chin J Dent Res 19 (2016), No. 4  (19.12.2016)

Page 225-229, doi:10.3290/j.cjdr.a37147, PubMed:27995227

Education Status of Oral Genetics at the Fourth Military Medical University and other Chinese Dental Schools
Zhang, Yan Li / Wang, Chang Ning / Fan, Zhi Peng / Jiao, Yang / Duan, Xiao Hong
Objective: To investigate the current state of genetics education at the Fourth Military Medical University (FMMU) and compare it with other dental schools of China.
Methods: Detailed information about the history and current education status of Oral Genetics in the FMMU were collected and questionnaires were completed to acquire the feedback of twenty-seven students on the course. In the other thirty-five dental schools including the capitals of twenty-five provinces and four municipalities in China, information about the oral genetic course were collected by a telephone survey. The contents of survey included whether or not the Oral Genetic course is offered and some basic information about the curriculum (such as the content, hours, teachers' background and teaching methods).
Results: Among a total of thirty-six dental schools investigated, six of them (16.7%) offered the Oral Genetic course or related lectures/seminars. The length and contents of the curriculum vary among these schools. The FMMU offered the oral genetic curriculum both to undergraduates and graduated students. Their teachers had a broad range of backgrounds, such as dentistry, biology, genetics, and biochemistry. The students considered the Oral Genetics course to be helpful for their future professional careers.
Conclusion: Genetic education in dentistry in China is still at a preliminary stage. More effort must be paid to spread the knowledge of Oral Genetics in China. In addition, domestic and international communications and networks for Oral Genetics should be set up in the near future.

Keywords: dentistry, education, genetics, oral inherited diseases, China