Predoctoral Programs Now Required To Educate Students On Managing Patients With Disabilities

Beginning in 2020, the Commission on Dental Accreditation will require all U.S. predoctoral dental education programs to educate students on managing patients with intellectual and physical disabilities.

The new standard has been in the works since February 2018 when CODA discussed the National Council on Disability’s issue brief, “Neglect for Too Long: Dental Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.” In it, the National Council on Disability urged the commission to modify dental school accreditation requirements to include “more robust training” in the care of intellectually and developmentally disabled patients as opposed to “simply requiring that dental students be competent in assessing the treatment needs of patients with special needs.”

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