The University of Texas Dental Branch Clinical Encounter System,
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The University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston is an innovative institution by almost any standards. It was four years ago that the faculty and administration abolished conventional courses from the dental curriculum. Today, the students progress toward the DDS degree is measured by his mastery of topics rather than courses. With this as a basis, the next step was to institute self-pacing. Experimental at first, after four years this self-directed program now involves about 20 percent of the student body and may next year incorporate the entire school. Launching of the self-directed program required the preparation of an entire curriculum of self-instructional materials, a gigantic task. It was achieved in four years time without any faculty released time.
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