Profile and competences for the graduating European dentist - update 2009

J Cowpe, A Plasschaert, W Harzer, H Vinkka-Puhakka, Anthony Walmsley

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This paper presents the profile and competences for the European Dentist as approved by the General Assembly of the Association for Dental Education in Europe at its annual meeting held in Helsinki in August 2009. A new taskforce was convened to update the previous document published in 2005. The updated document was then sent to all European Dental Schools, ministries of health, national dental associations and dental specialty associations or societies in Europe. The feedback received was used to improve the document. European dental schools are expected to adhere to the profile and the 17 major competences but the supporting competences may vary in detail between schools. The document will be reviewed once again in 5 years time. Feedback to the newly published document is welcomed and all dental educators are encouraged to draw upon the content of the paper to assist them in harmonising the curriculum throughout Europe with the aim of improving the quality of the dental curriculum.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-202
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Dental Education
Issue number4
Early online date14 Oct 2010
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2010


  • competences
  • European dentist
  • dental curriculum
  • profile


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