DENTAL EDUCATION IN THAILAND
Thailand is geographically located in southeast Asia and its population is 63 million. Little has been published on dental education in Thailand. This paper provides information about Thailand regarding its dental history, dental school system including curriculum and dental licensure. There are eight public and one private dental school in Thailand. A six-year dental education leads to the DDS degree. On graduation from the public dental schools, dentists are required to work in the public system for three years. Currently, there are approximately 8,000 active dentists, with a dentist: population ratio of approximately 1:7,000.
Key words: Dental education, dental school curriculum, dental licence, dental practice, culture, Thailand
Takashi Komabayashi Farmington, USA
Patcharawan Srisilapanan and Narumanas Korwanich Chiang Mai,
Thailand William F. Bird San Francisco, USA