MULTIDISCIPLINARY INTEGRATED APPROACH IN TEACHING, TREATING & LEARNING METHODOLOGY.

The institution is distinctively practicing the culture to promote excellence in academics, admirable patient care and highly competitive teaching approach to meet the need of tomorrow’s dentists from today’s perspective. Multidisciplinary integrated approach in all three directions of teaching, treating and learning reinforces set of courses to enhance practice required for delivering rich quality education and patient care by adopting newer learning methodologies.

Objective

  • To strengthen and refresh the existing methodologies of teaching-learning process by continued innovation primarily focusing on enhancing the basics of the set course.
  • To strengthen exchange of interdisciplinary ideas.
  • To update students with latest trends and advancements in Dentistry and also make acquainted them with molecular and genetic aspect of oral disease
  • To adopt latest technologies required for newer diagnostic & treatment approach for better patient care.

The Context

Institution came across few challenging issues in setting these desired goals which primarily included

  1. Setting up the required space in already established infrastructure which should be convenient from all aspect for proper functioning.
  2. Convening the management in adopting sophisticated instruments, technologies and required monetary needs.
  3. Training the faculty and non-technicians for newer technologies

Evidence of success

Institution received promising results after implementation of this practice. This way of practice gave us tremendous success in students securing the top ranks in the university examinations at both undergraduate and post-graduate level and also raised the overall passing percentage. Recognition & popularity of institute increased drastically reflecting the number of admissions. Overall patients OPD increased and patient satisfaction levels are also notably increased which reflected in the testimonials. 

The Practice

The Concept of multidisciplinary integrated approach in teaching and learning targets a unique practice for understanding the subject thoroughly. In this integration is done amongst the subject of same academic year,for topics taught in different subjects of the year are scheduled in a way that corresponding topics are taught simultaneously. Also, by amalgamating clinical and non-clinical subject teaching specially for post graduate training for exhaustive dissemination of evidence-based knowledge.

DIRDS lays special emphasis in evolving ingenious concept of multidisciplinary integrated approach in teaching and learning targets a unique practice for understanding the subject thoroughly.  DIRDS has a unique way of monitoring students by maintaining indigenous student’s performance register which includes the details of periodic tests and attendance, this assists in internal assessments as well proper counselling of the students to excel in academics.This is supplemented with Dasmesh Student App,to monitor the student activity and all office communications.

Exchanging ideas and knowledge is an essential aspect of teaching –learning process and institution favours students in acquiring this by organizing interdisciplinary meetings, clinico-pathologic Conferences, Master-classes, CDE programmes, Live demonstrations, hands-on training and competitions for scientific presentations as well as KBC type quiz programs.

Institution focuses on mental health of the students too, in this regard college conducts student -mentor programmes along withYoga training and regular extracurricular activities.

Institution regularly adopting the newer diagnostic and latest technologies and having ultra-modern technologies like CBCT.LASER Dentistry, DENTAL IMPLANTS& MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERIES.

DIRDS introduced newer teaching learning concepts by introducing VIVA cards, DOCS(Direct observation of clinical skill) ratings, MCQ’s and OSCE based questionaries, e access to books and journals, are further helping our students in academic performance.  Institution also providing the opportunities to the students for community-based learnings through regular community oral health camps.

Problems encountered and resources required

  • Encountered problems in relation to designing multidisciplinary integrated approach at the initial days but managed to overcome with this issue very soon.
  • Few initial problems in training the technicians for newer instrumentation and technologies.
  • Sanctioning the required instrumentation and material without much delay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUILDING AN ATMOSPHERE FOR CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR RESEARCH

Objective

  • To promote research by enabling students to test and compare different theories and approaches, investigate different methods, develop and discover new materials & techniques for patient care.
  • To introduce research culture at the early undergraduate stage.
  • To encourage faculty for research in the concerned field.
  • To carry out research in line with the national health policies, like prevention of caries, prevention of periodontal diseases and oral cancer.

The Context

  • The institution believes that research has great importance in the overall development of the faculty, students, alumni and the science as a whole which would benefit the community and also the underprivileged.
  • Preparing the required infrastructure to carryout research.
  • Training the faculty and technical staff about research health policies.

The Practice

The institution has taken up the following steps to inculcate an atmosphere of scientific research:

  • Institution is having good infrastructure to facilitate research in all specialities of dentistry. Post graduate curriculum in the institution started from the year 2008 and from then submission of dissertation and library thesis become an integral part of the curriculum. Apart from this institution is facilitated with the newer instrumentation, materials and technologies as per the need of the research.
  • Institution is having a well-organized institutional ethics committee as per the guidelines suggested by the ICMR. According to this set research protocols all research works are performed. Institution is also having a separate publication committee to maintain the publication ethics.
  • Conducting adequate training on research methodology and biostatistics, scientific writing, library utilisation for referencing scientific literature gives the right direction to inculcate the atmosphere of research.
  • Continuing dental education programmes, master classes clinic pathologic conferences are the integral part of the institution and regular inclusion of these kinds of scientific activities encourages students and faculty to incline towards research.
  • Both undergraduate and post graduate students are encouraged to participate in national conferences/conventions and motivate them to present scientific presentations. This guides the students to develop interest towards the research.
  • Institution is Publishing an official institutional journal “Journal of stomatognatic sciences” which is published half yearly further motivates the young researches to develop the skills of manuscript writing.
  • Our Principal Dr.SPS Sodhi is been handling the responsibility of Editor in Chief of BFUHS dental Journal from past 3 years. Two more faculty members are also included in the editorial team and are actively involved in day-to-day work related to this journal.
  • The faculty and students are encouraged to publish articles in national and international journals of repute.
  • Regular conduction of scientific competitions in the form presentation of scientific paper or poster, quiz competitions, essay competition, declamation contests keep the spirit of the students high and encourages towards building research atmosphere. 
  • Encouraging post graduate students to perform short studies and presenting the results in speciality conferences and conventions.
  • The library is well stocked with the latest books, journals, back issues, online access to literature through various databases like EBSCO, science direct and data base from the BFUHS consortium. Internet facility enables easy access to literature.

Evidence of success

  • Result of this practice reflected in terms of more number of prizes secured by both undergraduate and post graduate students in scientific paper/poster presentations at various conferences and conventions.
  • More number publication by students and faculty of the institution in various national and international journals

 Problems encountered and resources required

  • Students needed constant encouragement and motivation
  • Making the students in learning and understanding the research protocols
  • Sanctioning the required instrumentation and material without much delay
  • Motivating the faculty to dedicate more time from their busy academic teaching

REWARDS & RECOGNITION

Objective

  • To encourage and motivate top rank students and employees by rewards, which can establish a branded recognition framework across relevant workforce profiles, cultures, performance and categories.
  • To evaluate the work ethics of the employee and their successes in comparable organizational settings, there by establishing a link between employee engagement and recognition programs.

The Context

  • The institution required proper planning in setting up the criteria and standards in recognizing the achievements and performances of students and all employees

The practice

  • Institution has established a very rich culture of recognizing and rewarding the top rank students and employee and this has become state of emotional and intellectual commitment of the institutional management. It is a by-product of an organizational climate that promotes values, visions and beliefs about individual’s work ethics. This practice produces behaviour that will help fulfil an organization’s promises towards society as well as students and employee satisfaction.
  • Institution has a long tradition of organizing annual academic award ceremony every year. Institution organizes this event very religiously by inviting all the parents of the awardees and faculty members, families of the award sponsors, members of management, renowned personalities of the city. All the first-place holders from each professional year (each speciality in case of Post graduate category) are rewarded with 24 carat gold medals along with cash reward. Student who secure university first ranks are given a scholarship of Rs one lac cash reward. Also, distinction holders are rewarded with medals. These kinds of commitments of the institutions motivate and help students to raise their calibre in academics.
  • Institution motivates the employee by identifying their dedication and achievements by awarding best employees with certificate and cash reward in each category from safaisewak to teaching faculty.

Evidence of success

  • This way of recognizing the achievers started showing the success which are clearly reflected by the raise in the passing percentage of the students and also increase in the number of students achieving university top spots in both undergraduate and post graduate examinations.
  • More number of faculty receiving rewards and recognition at different platforms
  • In the resent BFUHS examination institution created a history by securing first rank in all four years of the BDS examination.

Problems Encountered and Resources Required

 Institution never faced any problem in keeping this kind of best practice. 

 

DIGITALIZATION

Objectives

  • To improve efficiency, manage time and reduce Paper waste.
  • To streamline students related data management
  • To streamline overall Patient Management including Outdoor and Indoor Admissions, Appointment Scheduling, Departmental Referral and Billing, reduce Patient Waiting Time and record maintenance.
  • To improve Transparency

The Practice

E learning training for faculty

With the change in the trend accepting digitalization and learning the practical approach using the technology is become the new normal and the institution was quick to adopt this principle and started to train all the faculty members in E-learning programmes conducted by MEU, India, where all currently available technologies for e learning is trained through online teaching, self studies and project submissions.

Patient Management Software:

Institution started making use of the Patient management software extensively to improve patient care, reduce waiting times and monitor work output of the students. All diagnostic and treatment records of the patient are uploaded in the software and can be viewed and accessed from all the departments. The software is a major step towards the institution‘s effort to go paper-less

 Employee Management Software’s:

Institution started using retina scanned biometric software which is completely a NO TOUCH process and was very useful in monitoring the incoming and outgoing attendance of all the employees of the institution even during the deadly pandemic COVID 19 situation.

Apart from this institution also adopted the use of ADVANTA software to manage salary of the employee which is helping in mentoring all kinds of salary deduction of the employee and also make accounts more transparent.

Institutional student management software

This software is a portal through which online attendance is marked to provide information to the students as well as their parents. It has separate log in ID and passwords for student, parents and the faculty member wherein information about the time of the class, name of the teacher and topic taught and attended student’s name. Similarly, all notices and test and examination results are displayed.  Thus, this software is very useful in monitoring the student related information’s from both parents as well as faculty and their by parents are endowed with the information of the activities of their wards and equally about their progress.

WhatsApp group & ZOOM technology

To make the day to day works and communication more easy institution started using the user-friendly digital applications like whatsapp and zoom. Separate groups are made for each year students and faculty for faster and effective communication among each other. This reduces the paper waste also fastens the communication. During the Pandemic COVID 19 situation, Institution was quick to adopt newer available teaching modalities and started using the online teaching method using ZOOM software technology from the very next week after the announcement of nationwide lockdown, same time institution does maintained the multidisciplinary integrated learning approach by organizing webinars from renowned speakers from different speciality. Also, institutional CPC programmes and Faculty meetings are also encouraged through this software.

Evidence of success

  • The patient management Software has regulated the Patient Management in an organized pattern. The Patient waiting time has been drastically reduced and this has in turn increased the daily output as well as better patient record maintenance.
  • The online attendance portal has led to convenient monitoring off the student’s activity among the parents and helping the institute keeping track of the attendance, as well as subjects covered and who accountability of the subject teacher.
  • Drastically reduced the circulation time of notices and circulars as information’s are quickly communicated through online also reduced the burden paper waste.

Problems Encountered and Resources Required:

  • Institution has problems during initial days, because of the lack of adequate technical proficiency of staff, there has been short lag in trained manpower thus lapses in software functioning.
  • Inevitable errors in form of software update pertaining to information reports have been encountered which are rapidly resolved by The IT Team of the institution

A gradual channelization of records was a subtle hurdle since paper-based records were in continuation simultaneously, which is eventually streamlined now.