Andreas Schulte

schulte_prof_andreasProfessor Andreas G. Schulte holds a postion of  Professor and heads the Department of Special Care Dentistry at the Dental School, University of Witten/Herdecke.

He was an Assistent Professor at the Department of Peadiatric Dentistry of Marburg University, Germany between 1991 and 1996. He was an Associate Professor at the Department of Conservative Dentistry, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany from 1997 to 2016 as well as the Vice Director at the same department between 2005 and 2015.

He has been a member of various international organisations including European Organisation for Caries Research (ORCA), European Association for Dental Public Health (EADPH), German Society for Conservative Dentistry (DGZ) and German Society for Pediatric Dentistry.

He was the president of ORCA from 2013 to 2015 as well as the President of the German Association for Special Care Dentistry (AG ZMB) since 2016.

He has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Community Dental Health since 2014. He was also a Guest Editor of a special issue of the European Journal of Dental Education entitled “Proceedings of the First Consensus Workshop for the Development of European Core Curriculum in Cariology for undergraduate dental students”  in 2011.

The European Cariology Core Curriculum

In 2007 the Board of the European Organisation for Caries Research (ORCA) noted that in no European country an agreed written systematic document regarding the objectives for the education of undergraduate dental students had been prepared. Thus, the ORCA board decided to develop such a document together with the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) in a structured way. A working group with representatives from both organisations prepared a questionnaire which was sent in 2009 to 179 Dental Schools in Europe that were members of ADEE. Following this, in 2010 a consensus conference with 75 participants from 32 countries was organized in Berlin, Germany, where the details of the content of the European Cariology Curriculum for undergraduate dental students were discussed and agreed in 5 working groups as well as in plenary sessions. The chairs of the 5 working groups were authorized to prepare a final document called “European Cariology Core Curriculum”. This title was selected in order to avoid being too prescriptive for the dental schools. This document was published in 2011 in the European Journal of Dental Education as well as in Caries Research. In addition, the proceedings of the Berlin consensus conference and the results of the evaluation of the questionnaires which had been completed by 72% of the dental schools were published in 2011 a special issue of the European Journal of Dental Education. Subsequently, the European Cariology Core Curriculum served as a template for the development of a Cariology Core Curriculum for Dental Schools in Columbia and in the United States of America. These were published 2014 in the European Journal of Dental Education and in 2016 in the Journal of Dental Education respectively. At present, in several countries cariologists are working towards creating a national cariology curriculum for Dental Schools.