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PASS Partner(s): Burton Edelstein
College of Dental Medicine

Access: Columbia only
Revised: September 2014
Released: December 2011


A Population-Based Approach to Patient Service and Professional Success (PASS) is an online learning project to teach pre-doctoral dental students to consider patient populations when deciding where and how to build a career. The PASS website offers documentary-style videos of practicing dentists, interactive maps, and information on specific populations. These resources educate students about demographic issues related to career decisions, such as locations of dental practices versus communities underserved by dentists.

In addition, PASS aims to show students they can build a successful, satisfying career and include individuals from diverse populations among their patients. Second-year students at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine study the site as part of the Oral Health Care Delivery course.

The site is in development with Burton Edelstein, professor of clinical dentistry and clinical health policy and management. PASS is funded by a $1.3 million, 5-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the training of pre-doctoral dentists. Each year new resources will be added to the site focusing on a different population of dental patients.

See also: MATCH

Related project categories:
Medicine and Health | Online & Directed Learning | Training

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