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Final-Year Dental Undergraduate Attitudes towards Specialisation

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School of Oral and Dental Sciences, Bristol Dental Hospital, Lower Maudlin Street, Bristol BS1 2LY, UK


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Abstract The aim of this study was to explore the attitudes towards postgraduate specialisation of final-year students at one UK dental school and to identify any possible influencing factors. A cross-sectional survey of all 73 final-year students using an anonymous self-report questionnaire was carried out. The response rate was 79%, of which nearly two-thirds were female. Age, ethnicity and parental occupation did not have an effect on the intention to specialise, although student gender did, with more females not wishing to specialise p = 0.006. Having a ‘talent in the field’ had the largest positive influence on pursuing a specialist career 37.9% of responses, whilst the length of time needed to obtain a specialist qualification was seen as the largest negative influence 41.1% of responses. The two most popular subjects were Restorative Dentistry and Orthodontics with 24.1% and 20.7% of students listing them as their first choices, respectively. Further research could be carried out to determine if the intentions of UK undergraduates to specialise will meet the increasing specialist oral health needs of the population and which could ultimately influence future dental workforce planning. View Full-Text

Keywords: UK; undergraduate; attitudes; specialisation UK; undergraduate; attitudes; specialisation

Autor: James Puryer * , Veselina Kostova and Alisa Kouznetsova



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