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Meeting BC Articulation Dental Educators Committee:

Sub-Committee on Dental Hygiene

April 20-21, 2006

College of Dental Hygienists of BC

#219 – 645 Fort Street Victoria BC Board Room
Revised: July 20, 2006
Thursday, April 20, 2006 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Coffee & Muffins (8:30 – 9:00)



  1. Welcome & Introduction




  1. Call to Order at 8:50 AM

Present:
Shirley Bassett Chair (Camosun), Ginny Cathcart (VCC), Bonnie Craig (UBC), Dianne Gallagher (Camosun), Kathryn Harwood, observer (CDHBC), Debra Johnstone, observer (CDHBC chair), Wendy King (CNC), Shauna Warner (UCFV),




  1. Approval of the Agenda: Ginny moves, 2nd Dianne

Deleted 11.7 Research and Ethics; prioritized the agenda and added items under vision workshop




  1. Approval of Previous Minutes – April 21-22, 2005: all approve




  1. Business Arising

5.1 – Participation of post-secondary private programs. Discussion required regarding representation and participation. (SB)




  • It was noted in minutes from 2005 meeting that private schools will be invited.




  • Shirley advised that the practical nursing articulation committee invites one representative for all private schools.




  • To participate, private programs must have BC accreditation in the post secondary system.


Action: The director of each private dental hygiene program will be invited as an observer for the April 2007 articulation meetings. This will be re-evaluated annually. (Wendy)
5.2 – Request for ‘educator board position’ BCDHA & CDHBC Boards (SB)


  • BCDHA has agreed to a position

  • Our educator representative shared information on the report re private schools; political action with MLAs re 365-day rule




  • CDHBC: deferred our request to the Education Review Committee as CDHBC is not mandated to have an educator director (Dianne)

5.3 – Caries diagnosis guidelines. Update (CDHBC)


Still in development and is moving forward with CDHBC Quality Assurance committee
5.4 – a) Update: Block transfer / reciprocal UBC – Colleges (all)
RE: UBC/Community College Direct Entry Partnership:


  • GPA is UBC pass grade (60%);

  • Bonnie may discuss this with the new public programs and invite them to the partnership. Bonnie, this was not a decision of articulation, do you want this in the minutes? Di


Action: All partnership colleges will assure that block transfer information is in the calendar and posted on websites. All programs will look into waiving their application fee. (All)

5.5 – Scaling Module Update




  • SAIT has started this module in Alberta. A fax transmission from SAIT relating to this was circulated. SAIT is also looking at implementing the new VCC Dental Hygiene Access for CDAs (DHAC).


Action: Wendy will send a letter to DHEC and advise them of BC articulation’s concern over the Alberta scaling module. (Ginny will draft)

DHEC meets on June 14th.


5.6 – Institutional name & possible confusion – Update (GC)


  • Confusion continues with name of new Vancouver Dental Hygiene College and Vancouver Community College due to proximity of VDHC to VCC Broadway Campus.

  • Many questions about VDHC at Information Nights and VCC continues to clarify the confusing names. This was identified to CDHBC board through a letter to CDHBC from VCC?.

5.7 – BCDHA Grant for DHYG Workshop (Brought Forward)




  • The committee discussed need for a volunteer to organize this workshop and some additional funding

  • Attach to provincial articulation committee annual meeting in Vancouver at VCC in April 19th or 20th 2007. Either April 18th or 21st 2007

  • BC Educators noted that there is a clear disconnect in the educational curricula regarding: the oral health needs of society versus appropriate service models to address the needs.


Action: Ginny will ask C. Fletcher to provide a report of BCDHA visioning workshop held in fall of 2005 and ask Cindy for ideas for a coordinator for “Future of Dental Hygiene Education in BC: Alternative Service Delivery.” (Ginny) Who is going to organize?
Action: Visioning/Alternative Practice Think Tank: Facilitator Prof Leslie Bainbridge RPT. Ask CDHBC to assign CE credits. (Bonnie Craig)
Action Committee: Will see if each school will dedicate their 2006-2007 BCDHA $1000 grants to the workshop and report to the next chair. (all)

5.8 – BC Learning Outcomes Project – Update. See item 11.16 also (SB)


5.9 – BCDHA & CDHBC Awards Criteria for Student Scholarship – Committee to review and make recommendations. (SB)



Action: Each Program Director will e-mail full list of awards and scholarships to chair.


    1. Formalizing sub-committee to dental hygiene committee, Update (SB)




  • Bonnie will draft a proposal because she is very knowledgeable of the history of articulation in BC.

  • Shirley provided a document to formalize the separation of CDA and DH educators

  • The DH programs are four years and have specialized articulation and transfer issues that are quite different to CDA programs


Action: Shirley will canvas Stephanie at BCCAT to discuss separation and make into full committee. (Dianne and Bonnie will generate the proposal for separation) this summer
5.11 - Feedback to CDHBC re: assessment categories on clinical exam (all)


  • Discussion continued from last year about the provincial practice examination.




  • Out of this year’s discussion we concluded that more collaboration between the provincial dental hygiene educators’ articulation sub-committee and the CDHBC may be beneficial.




  • Request input to a review of the process for development of a practice exam that tests for competent and safe dental hygiene practice in accordance with BC dental hygiene standards.




  • Action: The committee agreed to write to the CDHBC registration committee expressing the interest of the BC Dental Hygiene Educators’ Sub-committee in helping the CDHBC to continue to develop and validate the BC clinical practice examination. (Bonnie draft letter for Wendy)

5.12 – Data Base Management – program connecting curriculum and schedule – Update (WK)




  • Wendy looked at UBC patient scheduling, workloads and curriculum management system and was very impressed with the presentation

  • VCC still using one-write and X-Trac. Looking at Mercedes and Excel macros.

  • The committee will all share our scheduling systems if we try new ones.



    1. Standardized patient assessment – (BJC)


Action: Everyone will share their assessments with all for the purpose of eventually developing a standardized assessment.
5.16 – Pre-Professional Courses – Policy statement: Motion passed (GC)
Guiding principle: Transferability of students in British Columbia to other science programs, higher education and dentistry.
The BC Articulation Dental Educators Committee: Sub-Committee on Dental Hygiene representing dental hygiene programs in BC agrees to the following first year dental hygiene university transfer courses.
The courses should be articulated to all dental hygiene diploma programs through the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer guide (BCCAT) or International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) transfer system to allow students full transferability among all dental hygiene diploma and degree completion opportunities in British Columbia. The committee agrees that the courses should articulate to other programs including those in the sciences to give students full transfer options in their post secondary education.


  1. Human Anatomy and Physiology with labs (full year/2 semesters/terms)

  2. Chemistry with labs (full year/2 semesters/terms)

  3. English (writing composition) (full year/2 semesters/terms)

  4. Psychology (full year/2 semesters/terms)

  5. Introductory Descriptive Statistics (1 semester/term)

  6. Elective (1 semester/term)




  1. Report from CDHBC




  • Kathryn Harwood tabled a report.

  • Debra Johnstone (CDHBC chair) reported on CDHBC board meeting discussion about the need for dental hygiene accreditation. Debra told us the CDHBC will set up a dental hygiene review committee.

  • Zillah updated our group on CDHBC registration statistics (see report)

  • Debra mentioned meeting next week to review candidates for registrar

(she would not be at liberty to discuss)
LUNCH


  1. Report from BCDHA




  • A report was sent by Cindy Fletcher and discussed

  • It was noted by the committee that Dental Hygiene access to persons living in “Assisted Living” is already in the CDHBC Handbook so this item does not need to be negotiated any further.



Action: Ginny will identify this oversight to BCDHA (C. Fletcher.)



  1. Report from Diploma Programs (5 minutes each) Eg. (Intake #/ Admissions / Program Changes / New initiatives / International students/ Reserved seats)

8.1 – CNC




  • 2 UBC Direct Entry students, 18 will graduate

  • Changed grade scale to articulate with UBC.

  • Working to drop health questionnaire

  • Faculty really enjoys digital camera “Kodak DX 7590” purchased with BCDHA grant

  • Patricia Covington (PC) is the new Dean of health Sciences

  • Search to fill FT position vacated by PC

  • Patricia Noble will retire soon.

  • Sent PC a card of congratulations for her years of contribution to provincial articulation.

8.2 – VCC




  • 22 students will graduate in June 2006; in process of selecting 22 students by June 13th from among 158 qualified applicants and select 16 students for Dental Hygiene Access for CDAs (DHAC) from among 26 qualified applicants.

  • New DHAC program received CDAC “accreditation eligible” in August.

  • Up to 5 UBC direct entry will be reserved. 3 in class of 2006 and 2 in class of 2007.

  • Miyagi Advanced Dental Hygienists College signed sister agreement this year; implemented an exchange award to fund 2 VCC students to travel to Japan on an exchange this summer; completed second phase of international learning climate research with Japan; planning a panel discussion with Japan at IFDH in Toronto re “process of care.” VCC fall program with Japan will be on teaching decision-making models & PBL. Third summer Korean program at VCC through CE. No room for Finnish exchange students any more as they do 3-month clinical in winter term and all seats full this year.

8.3 – Camosun College




  • Health and human services is piloting “Accuplacer” assessment tool to test English and Math abilities. Cost is only $2/student. Departments can add own questions

  • Teach with digital camera on a computer all time for teaching

  • Took international student last year

  • Had Marilyn Goulding discuss the quality assurance monitor who assures calibration of all instructors. Marilyn shared their rigorous calibration program and evidence.

  • There was a lively discussion about the meaning and appropriate way of calibrating faculty.

8.4 – UCFV Shauna Warner (UCFV)




  • Purchased Camosun curriculum; offer 16 seats, So far have 8 chairs

  • Following UCFV selection policy “first completed first admitted” In 2007 will have a selective admissions policy

  • Spent March preparing report to educational consultant Pat Robertson to send to May 12th CDSBC meeting for acceptance under article 68 Dentists Act.

  • 1.5 FTE instructors plus sessional instructors; will grow to 3 FTEs in 2007

  • Applicants in B+ and A range plus an interview.

  • Health Sciences moving to new dental clinic facilities Abbotsford in 2008; UCFV is committed to dental programs and is freeing up block funding for the clinical expansion to a new facility.

  • Grade scale same as Camosun

  • UCFV will seek to offer Dental Hygiene degree in future

8.5 – Malaspina (Wendy King)







  1. Report / Update on Degree Programs

Bonnie Craig UBC


9.1 – UBC (degree completion)

9.2 – UBC (degree partnership with Colleges)

9.3 – UBC (entry to practice option)


  • UBC has multiple admissions options for Bachelor of Dental Sciences in Dental Hygiene (BDSc). Bonnie distributed a diagram.

  • Broad-based admissions accepted (personal essay, reference tool from Midwifery; leadership, questionnaire, voluntarism, 1 person evaluates all)

Four UBC Degree admissions options




  1. Entry to Practice 4-year: Starts fall 2007; cost recovery $7500/ year clinic fee plus tuition (24 students a year) Patient care will be free. Will target community and education (with grad degrees), and geriatric care rather than private practice.

  2. Will hire three FTE professors and sessional clinical professors as need.

  3. Degree Completion: very successful; all courses on-line now; 93 students enrolled in direct entry and degree completion admissions options.

  4. International option

  5. Direct Entry with CC/CNC/VCC (max 6 credits) 15 students a year; Direct block transfer both ways based on pass grade of 60%

9.4 – VCC – Applied degree update




  • VCC Bachelor of Dental Sciences is going through a third re-write and will be re-submitted later this year with the new VCC B. Ed degree through our School of Instructor Education. This degree has never made it to Ministry website for a variety of reasons.

  • Two applied degrees at VCC doing well in Hospitality Management and Music. A new degree in Nursing is in the planning stages.




  1. Update on VCC / Dental Hygiene Access for CDA’s program




          • 15 of original 16 students still in program. 1 student failed to achieve the passing GPA of 60% at Christmas. Rest are taking 3rd and 4th courses.

          • VCC has a quality assurance committee “Access Curriculum Committee Evaluation” (ACE) and a coordinator, Monica Soth, who is working on her Master of Distance Education at Athabasca University and is very knowledgeable regarding distributed technology and andragogy.




  1. New Articulation Items




    1. First year labs requirement in Chemistry and Anatomy and Physiology (on-line courses / no lab portion – identify institutions)

Ginny drafted a motion for the committee (see 5.16) and circulated a handout showing a transfer grid from various institutions for science labs or not. “Yes” response indicates that either the course has formal transfer credit as indicated on the BCCAT Transfer guide or the courses met the criteria developed at The Health Educators Committee meeting in May 2005.


Have done some preliminary searches on the Thompson Rivers University-Open Learning (TRU-OL) and BC Campus websites for on-line statistics courses.  Here are some continuous intake Introductory Statistics courses which are transferable, on-line and would be acceptable for the Dental Hygiene programs.

 


  • Math 115 - Introduction to Statistics.  Offered on-line by North Island College.  Prerequisites are completion of Principles of Math 11 or Applications of Math 12 with a C grade or higher.  Continuous intake.  (3 credits)  Website is http://www.bccampus.ca/bccourses/section.asp?SID=34187

 

  • STAT 102 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics.  Offered on-line by Thompson Rivers University-Open Learning.  There are no formal pre-requisites but completion of Principles of Math 11 is highly recommended.  Continuous intake.  (3 credits)  Website is http://www.openlearning.tru.ca  Costa has advised that this course would be acceptable.

 

  • University College of the Fraser Valley offers Mathematics 104 which is also acceptable but the course has specific intake dates only; a Spring or Summer section may be offered.  TRU-OL had offered Statistics 101 in the past but the course is temporarily unavailable.

Friday, April 21 2006 8:30 – 9:00 Muffins and Coffee

9:00 – 12:00
11.2. On-line learning objects and courses: Update in all years


  • VCC is planning “moodle (non-proprietary) objects ”this needs more explanation DG in second year nutrition and biochemistry and third year pharmacology. VCC has all 7 Dental Hygiene Access for CDA’s (DHAC) theory courses on-line, web-based and theory components of clinical courses are delivered on-line (paced and asynchronous.) VCC will have all 4th year applied degree courses on-line. Streams; Clinical, leadership, community experience is applied.




  • Camosun has 1 on-line learning object in “Introduction to Dentistry” Topic is on dental materials and paced and asynchronous. Camosun applied to develop Oral Pathology with BCcampus project development funds.




  • CNC is applying to BCcampus project development fund for an “Introduction to Dentistry” course.




  • UBC developed all 4th year on-line courses on Web-CT and is proprietary with them. Bonnie praised the superior team of technology, art and knowledge specialists who developed the UBC courses. UBC is well funded, has the capacity, resources and expertise to develop the on-line courses. Courses are paced and asynchronous.

11.3. DHYG degree applications and updates (see agenda #9 also)




  • VCC Bachelor of Dental Sciences is going through a third re-write and will be re-submitted later this year by the associate dean. This degree has never made it to Ministry website for a variety of reasons. Two applied degrees at VCC doing very well in Hospitality Management and in Music. A new degree in nursing is in the planning stages.

11.4. Admissions Policies and Practices (Interviews; wait lists; candidate's questionnaires, references, attrition)




  • Ginny e-mailed requested information about The Health Occupations Aptitude Examination used in Ontario dental hygiene and health programs as part of the selection process. VCC looked into it and it was deemed to be unnecessary for School of Health Sciences.




  • Georgian College in Ontario uses it and finds it very useful. This test measures reading comprehension, spelling, natural sciences and verbal/non-verbal reasoning. Scores from this test as well as academic grades are used to determine acceptance. Applicants are assessed and ranked based on the results of their testing and their academic background. http://www.psbtests.com/public/products/hoae.htm

VCC Admissions (180 qualified applicants)




  • VCC has a GPA of 3.3/4.0; Candidate’s Questionnaire (CQ) out of 20; Criminal Record Search; TB negative; health questionnaire is gone.

  • Very low attrition rate none in past few years no losses since 2004.

  • Past attrition mostly due to catastrophic illness or psychomotor skills.

  • VCC plans a summer clinic remedial course to try to reduce stress of clinic learning contracts in 3rd year.

  • Average age 28 yrs

Camosun Admissions




  • First completed first selected C+ each course

  • Wait List 184 qualified on 10 yr waitlist (19 waitlist, 5 UBC)

  • Take 24/year

  • 182 incomplete applicants or recruits

  • Attrition (6 last year)

CNC Admissions (200 applicants)




  • Points GPA (3.2), persistence (1), observation (1), work experience (1) GPA , geography (2) (8.33 pts)

  • 30 hours of observation (reduce to 20 hours)

  • 50/50 (10 seats competitive selection/ 10 lottery)

  • B average; 20 per year

  • Attrition (1-2 year)

  • Average age 25

UCFV Admissions




  • Same as CNC

UBC Admissions




  • Broad-based admissions accepted includes GPA, personal essay, reference tool from Midwifery; leadership, questionnaire, voluntarism, 1 person evaluates all.

11.5. Socio-cultural competence: International / ESL DHYG students




  • VCC teaches and supports socio-cultural competence training with its health sciences programs somewhat like the ADEA June 2004 Program Directors workshop in Vancouver only with a Canadian focus.

  • There are American conferences with Dr Jane Forrest, dental hygiene scholar and researcher on Cultural Competence. Give us a link here Ginny please.



    1. Community dental hygiene curricula, educational rotations and externships. Are we at risk of over-extending our community outreach with the growing number of DHYG schools? (GC)




  • VCC is concerned about the small community of outreach and community rotations and maintaining our student network for externships in clinical and community courses with all new programs and increased students in lower mainland area.

  • UBC is seeking outreach in Douglas College and New Westminster

  • VCC will share their outreach and externship areas with UBC and UCFV and Camosun will share with Malaspina

  • Directors will all share our outreach by e-mail

  • UBC has integrated community care with dental hygiene theory and practice to avoid clinical practice

  • VCC has oral healthcare for individuals and communities


Action: Programs will explore healthnet BC at http://healthnet.hnet.bc.ca/ for visibility and explore and share where each program goes for community outreach.
11.7.

11.8 Selling curricula policies update




  • Camosun and CNC will sell to public institutions. Camosun includes 30-hours of consultation.

  • CNC has a 2-year commitment for mentoring and faculty release at 25% after selling curriculum.

  • VCC receives requests from private schools and all are refused. Haven’t been asked by public institution in BC. VCC would sell/share/mentor in public system or internationally as they do in nursing.

  • Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) is considering obtaining the DHAC program through BCcampus.


Action: Ginny will update the committee on the status of SAIT and dental Hygiene Access program for CDAs and check with College of Dental Hygienists of Alberta on this.


    1. Transfer credit and 11.10 credit policies update




  • VCC Dept Head does all the work of transfer credit with no charge.

  • VCC and Camosun PLAR: Students put together a portfolio for prior learning and pay

  • CNC no transfer credit in program. Student can challenge exam for a cost. Camosun same as CNC

  • UBC International degree option. Need to be NDHCB eligible and NDHCB will determine this.

  • Credit and transfer credit assignment policies will be shared by e-mail

11.11. Grading Policies for transferability



  • VCC circulated… grading same as UBC

  • CNC aligning with UBC in 2006

  • Camosun has higher pass grade

  • UCFV unknown likely same as Camosun


Action: Ginny will send the committee a course outline to see the wording of assignments with higher pass grade for critical assessments.


    1. Student Success - clinical abilities, contracts, remedial ideas




  • VCC & Camosun contract information provided.

  • We discussed I-contracts and their original use to help students who had illness or problems…were not really designed for slow learners but VCC and Camosun we use them that way.

  • CNC has a progress meeting and letter from the Dept Head.


Action: Ginny will send the VCC Incomplete contract.
Remedial ideas:


  • VCC will start a remediation program for clinical courses at end of second year before third year courses start in August 2007.

  • UBC offers remediation; two attempts to pass course in most programs.

11.13. DHYG Budgets, Funding and Equipment, Capitol expenses and maintenance of equipment.




  • Accreditation requires appropriate administrative support.

  • UBC has brand new clinic; annual renewal plan.

  • CNC prepares a well planned proposal and is successful. Clinical renewal is at 2 chairs a year.

  • Camosun renewal plan with specific forms; get in line; Camosun raised a large fund for capitol.

  • VCC prepares a well planned proposal and is successful. Clinical equipment is on a yearly renewal at 3 chairs a year. Operating budget is adequate. Capitol for clinical equipment and technology is a challenge in aging facility. Office and classroom renovation and move are proceeding slowly delayed from May 2006 to fall 2006.

  • Colleges access corporate sponsorship such as Dentsply.




    1. Accreditation updates




  • DHAC accreditation “eligible status” received August 2005. Full CDAC review in May 2008.

  • CNC accredited until 2010; Camosun accredited until 2012;

  • UCFV will go for accreditation in 2008 and try for accreditation eligible soon.

  • Accreditation helps to get resources e.g. CNC additional reception support staff.

  • UBC will be first four-year program and will apply for accreditation eligible soon.




    1. Provincial dental hygiene visioning workshop issues include:




  • Scope of practice

  • Degree as entry to practice

  • CDHA policy degree dental hygiene education as entry to practice

  • BC Educators need additional service models and line education curricula up to meet need in society.


Action: Degree as entry to practice Bonnie will revise letter recommending degree as entry to practice to BCDHA. Degree entry to practice is not visible on BCDHA board ends. Moratorium on new degree credentials is lifted so need to move forward. (Bonnie update and draft letter for Wendy)
Action: need to write letter on status of education policy in Canada. Who is minding education? Someone needs to take on education policy in Canada CDHA, DHEC (Bonnie, Dianne will draft letter in summer. Di will place before DHEC for agenda)


    1. Provincial learning outcomes (LOs), competencies or strategies for articulating educational outcomes and/or abilities.




  • The committee discussed need for updating provincial and national LOs.

  • NDHCB has just reviewed competencies for NDHCB exam.

  • Ask Dentistry Canada Fund, Canadian Dental Hygiene Foundation for Research and Education (CDHFRE), BCDHA, CDHA and BC programs

  • UBC and Colleges will ask for $2000 each funding for LOs


Action: Learning Outcomes Program directors will search for funding from each institution. After status of BC funding is known ask Susanne Sunell to put the proposal forward in BC plus CDHFRE. (All will seek funding & Wendy will e-mail Susanne after programs report on additional funding.)
11.17 PICTIA and private schools update & accountability: Are Phoenix first year university courses recognized by BCCAT?


  • Shirley found more about private school accreditation in PCTIA Annual report. Private Career Training Institutions Act http://www.legis.gov.bc.ca/37th4th/3rd_read/gov52-3.htm




  • Looked into “CLEP” exams. Not transferable in BC and not to UBC degree completion. The College-Level Examination Program® or CLEP provides students of any age with the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses. There are 2,900 colleges that grant credit and/or advanced standing for CLEP exams according to the website. http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/about.html




  • Looked into World Education Services for international evaluations http://www.wes.org/ A WES evaluation is your passport to education and employment. Whether you want to continue your education, seek professional licensing or employment in the United States, the WES evaluation makes sure that your international academic credentials are recognized according to the website.


Action: Shirley will write a letter to Susan Williams of PCTIA and copy CDAC, BCDHA and CDHBC re Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene concerns. Want to support PICTIA in efforts to have quality dental hygiene education in BC. (Action Shirley)

11.18 Textbooks, instruments (all to share)




  • The committee circulated textbook and instrument lists.

11.19 BCDHA education director report (GC) Submitted by Ginny Cathcart




  1. Dental Hygiene Education Programs Update

The opening of two new diploma dental hygiene programs at the University College of the Fraser Valley and Malaspina University-College in September 2006 was announced. In addition, the full four year degree program is slated to begin at UBC in September, 2007. The Board reviewed some materials that have been received regarding concerns with the private dental hygiene program in Vancouver. The Board agreed that letters should be sent to the College of Dental Hygienists of BC, Private Career Training Institutions Agency and the Commission on Dental Accreditation Canada urging these agencies to fully implement the processes they have in place that ensure quality and comprehensive dental hygiene education. Cindy Fletcher is drafting letters to CDHBC, PCTIA and CDAC.



  1. Government Relations Program

The Board reviewed the progress to date. There continues to be support by the elected officials for the removal of the 365 day rule, Ministry of Health staff has proceeded to offer an amendment to the Residential Care category of registration that would include Assisted Living. The Board and CEO are actively working with the ministry on this issue.




    1. Tobacco Cessation: Curriculum in Dental Hygiene programs (GC)

Everyone uses version of “Ask, Advise, Refer”. This is ADHA's national Smoking Cessation Initiative (SCI) designed to promote cessation intervention by dental hygienists.  http://www.askadviserefer.org/about.asp This approach integrates the “5 A’s” (Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, Arrange) into an abbreviated intervention that remains consistent with recommended guidelines. All programs recommend quit programs like those at: http://bc.quitnet.com/ or http://www.tobaccofacts.org/quitting/youroptions.html


VCC uses behavioural theory (health belief model); dental hygiene & adult education theory; documents stages in transtheoretical change model; and documents all information on self care sheets & tobacco cessation forms as circulated. CNC assesses, refers to Doctor’s Quit program; uses “ask, advise, refer.” Camosun teaches tobacco cessation and identifies interest in quitting on charts; if interest is expressed gives clients information such as “quit line.”



    1. Referencing Style (WK)



  • VCC, Camosun and CNC use the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication and manuscript guidelines at http://www.icmje.org/

  • UBC requires whichever manuscript writing guidelines are appropriate to students publishing in specific journals.


    1. Criminal Record Checks (WK)

Ginny circulated a handout from the following website and VCC CRC policy http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/criminal-records-review/index.htm


11.23 Hiring criteria


  • The committee shared suggestions for hiring criteria in various Dental Hygiene instructor categories.

  • VCC Dental Hygiene Instructor Qualifications for Dental Hygiene educators, Sciences and dentists were circulated.

  • VCC’s guiding principle is to employ dental hygienists with degrees and higher education in the future.

  • The committee discussed and gave feedback

12. Election of New Chair


  • Wendy King appointed/elected by acclamation

13. Next Meeting Date




  • April 19th, 20th 2007 in Vancouver at Vancouver Community College




  1. Adjournment at 4:00 PM





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