Assessing Clinical Dental Education from the Students’ Perspective at Shiraz School of Dentistry

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Shahla Momeni Danaei 1 , Elham Mazareie 2 , * , Sahar Hosseininezhad 1 , Mahsa Nili 3

1 Medical Education and Development Center, School of Dentistry, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

2 Medical Education and Development Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

3 Students’ Research Center, School of Dentistry, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

How to Cite: Momeni Danaei S , Mazareie E , Hosseininezhad S , Nili M . Assessing Clinical Dental Education from the Students’ Perspective at Shiraz School of Dentistry, Educ Res Med Sci. 2016 ; 5(1):e79177.

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Educational Research in Medical Sciences: 5 (1); e79177
Published Online: June 10, 2016
Article Type: Research Article
Received: December 22, 2014
Accepted: July 01, 2015
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Abstract

Introduction: Apart from being one of the main objectives in the educational program, acquiring clinical skills is considered as a principle element of competency in a dentist. The aim of this study was to assess students’ viewpoints regarding the educational quality of clinical skills in different departments of their educational environment.

Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted using a self-made questionnaire, comprising of 140 questions designed for four dental departments of pediatrics, oral medicine, radiology and orthodontics. Validity of the questionnaire was confirmed by the tutors and the reliability was more than 90%. Statistical analysis was done using one-way ANOVA, Pearson correlation coefficient, Tukey test, repeated measures MANOVA and LSD paired comparison test.

Results: The highest scores belonged to activities such as class I & II cavity preparation, and the lowest scores were given to tasks such as pulpotomy and pulpectomy. In the departments of pediatrics, oral medicine and radiology, tutors’ supervision over students work and in the orthodontics department, students’ self confidence while performing tasks had the lowest scores. However, level of students’ theoretical knowledge, regarding the practical skills, obtained the highest score in all departments.

Conclusion: Our findings confirmed that students have properly acquired essential clinical skills. However, they haven’t reached the desired level of competency in none-core skills, so they need to receive more effective education in certain areas.

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