|ISCP goes dental|
|Thursday, 06 June 2013|
The Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Program (ISCP) has now opened across many of the dental specialties; oral surgery and orthodontics are now online, with (at time of writing) oral medicine, paediatric and restorative dentistry following from May 2013. Remaining dental specialties will follow in time.
The ISCP has been refined over many years in the surgical disciplines. Individual curricula provide guidance to the trainee about the requirements of their chosen specialty. Via a series of work-based assessments (WBAs), the trainee journeys through their specialist training from Year 1 to the certificate of completion of training.
Each trainee is assigned an educational supervisor (AES) and clinical supervisor (CS) by their Training Program Director (TPD). The trainee should meet regularly with their supervisors to construct a learning agreement and create a personal development plan (PDP).
The TPD sets trainees’ global objectives, checking and validating their progress. A personal e-portfolio is then constructed and maintained via assessments, evidence gathering and logbooks. The AES oversees the learning agreement and completes an annual report for the Annual Review of Competence Progression Panel (ARCP). The CS is a more hands-on supervisor, who oversees the WBAs and supports the trainee on a day-to-day basis. Supervisors should be aware of their responsibilities, appreciating the time and effort required to fully support their trainees.
Payment is required to register with the ISCP (Trainees only). Following online registration, a series of drop-down menus give full details. Trainees are encouraged to list their placements and timetables and create a PDP. Various assessment tools are adopted including case base discussions, clinical evaluation exercises and direct observation of procedural skills. Approximately 40 WBAs per annum are expected depending on grade and specialty. Trainees should update their e-portfolio regularly, identifying any deficiencies early, to allow a smooth passage through training.
ISCP will soon be adopted by all dental specialties. For both trainer and trainee alike, this system is here to stay and now is the time to embrace it.
Mr Peter Douglas