Community service-learning rotations at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry are a model for community-based dental education (CBDE); upon completing rotations, seniors can handle four to seven patients per day.
UIC began its community-based service learning program in 2008. During the 2008-2009 school year, 12 students alternated, every two weeks, between community sites and clinical practice at the college. By the 2011-2012 academic year, all 64 senior students will make rotations in community dental clinics.
From this special issue of the Journal of Dental Education featuring the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Dental Pipeline program, this chapter describes student experiences and the implementation of community-based service-learning at UIC.
Students in the UIC community service-learning program progress from orientation to direct supervision to indirect supervision under a preceptor. From the special issue on the Pipeline, Profession, and Practice: Community-Based Dental Education program, this chapter discusses student experiences and the implementation of CBDE at UIC.