J Korean Acad Oral Health.  2018 Dec;42(4):187-198. 10.11149/jkaoh.2018.42.4.187.

Development of practical curriculum for dental coordinator based on DACUM

  • 1Department of Dental Hygiene, Kwangju Women's University, Gwangju, Korea.
  • 2Department of Preventive and Public Health Dentistry, Chonnam National University School of Dentistry, Gwangju, Korea. hochoi@chonnam.ac.kr


OBJECTIVES: The purpose
of this study was to analyze the duties of dental coordinators using the DACUM technique and to develop a practical training course for dental coordinators based on the results.
The curricula for clinic coordinators across 20 educational institutions were analyzed. A board of DACUM specialists was assembled to analyze the role of dental coordinators and to develop a practical curriculum.
First, after analysis, we selected 8 duties and 34 tasks that should comprise the role of a dental coordinator, and the number of major tasks was 21. Second, the educational program for dental coordinators developed in this study consisted of a total of 60 hours, including 42 hours of lecture and 18 hours of practice. A pre-requisite curriculum and a final curriculum were developed, and the detailed educational contents and supplies were outlined for each subject. Third, after comparing it with the existing clinic coordinator curricula from 20 educational institutions, the curriculum based on DACUM contained 11 additional fields.
This study developed a more specialized, detailed, and practical dental coordinator curriculum based on DACUM. It is expected that more dental coordinators could be trained more professionally with this curriculum, and it could lead to further improvement of the curriculum.


DACUM; Dental coordinator; Duties; Practical curriculum; Task
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