Student perception and assessment outcomes using a pilot condensed format (“boot camp”) in a Fixed Prosthodontics course

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Introduction: The purpose of this study was to assess student perception as well as course outcomes (final written examination grades) when using a pilot condensed format in an undergraduate Fixed Prosthodontics course, which was implemented as a response to the global pandemic of Covid-19. Materials and Methods: The course was delivered in a condensed format, with a total of 28 direct contact hours in the Simulation Clinic within a 4 day period. Asynchronous remote learning was employed for the didactic portion of the course. Students completed surveys before and after the course, to assess their perception of the condensed format, and written examination grades were compared with previous years' grades. Data were entered in an Excel database (Microsoft Excel 2016) and analysed using a statistical analysis software program (IBM SPSS Statistics, v26; IBM Corp). The level of significance was set to α = 0.05. Results: Overall, student perception of the condensed format was positive. At the beginning of the course, female students had less confidence in their skills compared to male students (p <.05). Written examination grades were significantly lower compared to previous years' grades (p =.04). Conclusion: The use of a condensed format can allow a course to be delivered in smaller student cohorts and provides the ability to reduce the total number of direct contact hours allotted to the course, creating space within the curriculum. Student perception of this format was generally positive. However, written examination scores were negatively impacted, indicating possible knowledge gaps resulting from the condensed course format. More studies are needed to assess the effect of the various curricular modifications that have been implemented due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)457-463
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Dental Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2023


  • Covid-19
  • asynchronous learning
  • block
  • boot camp
  • condensed format

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Dentistry


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