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  • Ian Paisley
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    ABSTRACT: There are new ways and new places to practice the ultimately unchanging profession of addressing the oral health needs of Americans. New approaches may be needed to achieve traditional values. The rural poor cannot be put aside, corporate business models cannot be allowed to diminish the personal relationship between dentist and patient, and the social values of younger generations of practitioners do matter. They may be listening on Facebook, but they are still listening for the core values of serving patients.
    The Journal of the American College of Dentists 01/2009; 76(4):21-3.
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    ABSTRACT: High-stakes testing are expected to meet standards for cost-effectiveness, fairness, transparency, high reliability, and high validity. It is questionable whether initial licensure examinations in dentistry meet such standards. Decades of piecemeal adjustments in the system have resulted in limited improvement. The essential flaw in the system is reliance on a one-shot sample of a small segment of the skills, understanding, and supporting values needed for today's professional practice of dentistry. The "snapshot" approach to testing produces inherently substandard levels of reliability and validity. A three-step alternative is proposed: boards should (1) define the competencies required of beginning practitioners, (2) establish the psychometric standards needed to make defensible judgments about candidates, and (3) base licensure decisions only on portfolios of evidence that test for defined competencies at established levels of quality.
    Journal of the California Dental Association 04/2004; 32(3):243-6, 248-52.
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    Ian Paisley
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    ABSTRACT: Indeed, it is the distress caused by the content of the Agreement that has provoked such widespread alarm and division within Unionism. The proposals contained in the Agreement are not remarkably new in content, but they now have the endorsement of those who were previously opposed to such mechanisms that will fundamentally undermine the status of Northern Ireland within the Union and impose a system of government so alien that it is far removed from any known concept of democracy and fairness. According to the author's copy of the Mitchell draft, the UUP lost out on the number of seats for each of the eighteen constituencies, on the issues that the parallel consensus mechanism should be applied, on the party from which the Chair of the Assembly should come, on the sharing out of committee posts, on where executive authority ought to be vested, on the content of the pledge of office, and on the status of the Executive Committee.