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Department / Institution Department of Orthodontics, Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University, College of Medicine
Classification Research report
Objectives: to preliminarily investigate the desire of orthodontic trainees to have teaching class of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) in the orthodontic training curriculum.
Materials and Methods: A designed questionnaire was applied for the enrolled orthodontics trainees (n = 14) to answer the relevant questions. A scale (0 to 10) was utilized to reveal trainees’ perception regarding (1) knowledge competence of the relevant TMD topics at their pre-enrolled stage, (2) the desire to have the class of 15 relevant TMD topics, (3) the teaching hours required to be designed for the TMD topics.
Results and Discussion: (1) The TMD knowledge taught hours of trainees at pre-enrolled stage in the program was on average 16.5 ± 12.4 hours (range: 2 to 40 hours). (2) The average level of competence in TMD knowledge before enrolled in the program was only 25% (2.5/10.0). (3) The three most desired TMD topics were “anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the TMJ complex”, “occlusion, condyle position and TMD”, and “bruxism”. The three least desired topics were “neurophysiology of pain”, “Psychosocial issues” and “history and examination procedures”. But all 15 topics were in the category of “highly-demanded” (≥ 8.0/10.0). (3) The teaching hour required for all the topics was 41.0 ± 11.5 hours (range: 25 to 72 hours).
Conclusion: The desire of orthodontic trainees to have relevant topics of TMD in the orthodontic curriculum was strong, and the desire scales were in the category of “highly-demanded”.
Perception of Trainees Regarding The Need to Incorporate The Topics of Temporomandibular Disorders into The Orthodontic Training- A Preliminary Study