At one time, the use of live patients to test license candidates' clinical skills in dentistry was considered a necessity and supported by all major professional organizations in the field. Typically, it means the candidate has to find willing patients for a weekend of multiple procedures designed to show that the candidate is competent to practice. The need for liability insurance, the risk of injury, and the expense have helped make the dental clinical exam one of the most unpopular among the professions.
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