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Letters: Universal exams

March 21, 2016 Why don't all dental schools have a universal clinical and patient-based exit exam that would be acceptable in all licensing jurisdictions with independent third-party assessment as a requirement for graduation? Thus, patients are protected by the school and any necessary remediation becomes a responsibility of the school and the student. The models already exist within the current testing agencies but the American Dental Education Association and the schools need to step up to the plate.

Further, this same criteria should apply to successful passage of national written boards parts one and two or the successor exam as a requirement for graduation. Again, any necessary remediation is the responsibility of the school and the student.

Thus, all students upon graduation will be eligible for licensure in all jurisdictions with the exception of a few that have additional requirements.

Peter S. Trager, D.D.S.
Sandy Springs, Georgia