Ethics in the Dental Curriculum in 30 Dental Schools in Latin America and Spain

2023 • Volume 17 • Issue 1

Claudio Peña-Soto; Enrique Ocharán Angulo & Josep Maria Ustrell Torrent



The objective of this study was to determine the implementation of the ethics course within the dental curriculum of the faculties belonging to the International Federation of Schools and Faculties of Dentistry FIEFO, 2021. Descriptive, cross-sectional and observational research, the population consisted of deans and FIEFO directors who participated in the Ethics seminar on February 26, 2021. The informed consent and the survey were sent to them via email. The results of the study showed that 86.67 % of the universities have the ethics course mandatory; 50 % of the universities implement the ethics course from 1 to 2 hours per week; in relation to the year of dictation, it was developed in a higher percentage in the third year. Finally, different approaches were found on the objective of the course, these being the most frequent: “Professional training for the development of an ethical practice”; “Understanding and application of bioethics” and “Professional Training with skills development from an ethical approach”.

KEY WORDS: Curriculum, ethics, fiefo.


How to cite this article

PEÑA-SOTO, C.; OCHARÁN, A. E. & USTRELL, T. J. M. Ethics in the dental curriculum in 30 dental schools in Latin America and Spain. Int. J. Odontostomat.,17(1):33-37, 2023.


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