Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Pcol-00002770
Title: Attitude of dental undergraduate students toward choosing oral and maxillofacial surgery as a career
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the attitude of undergraduate dental students toward considering oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS) as their future career option. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire-based, cross-sectional survey was conducted among 160 undergraduate dental students from the 3rd year, 4th year, and interns of Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Chennai. It consisted of 10 questions regarding choosing OMFS as a career option. Responses were graded on 5-point Likert scale. Data obtained were statistically analyzed and results obtained. Results: A total of 160 undergraduate students participated in the study, of which 89 were male and 71 were female. The age distribution was in between 17 and 23 years. Participation varied according to the years of study (3rd year, final year, and interns). There was a high attitude of 51% among dental students in choosing OMFS as a career option, and the students had a high attitude toward the subject with the increase in the year of the study. Conclusion: Most of the students exhibited a high attitude toward choosing OMFS as a career option, which showed that they had a considerable amount of interest in pursuing postgraduation in this specialty. Efforts should be taken by both dental council and by the dental colleges, to further develop OMFS specialty, keeping in mind the increasing attitude of dental undergraduates toward it. This will also help in increasing the number of dental personnel who are specialized in implementation of oral health policy, to meet up to the demands that exist in India.

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    K. Janani, M. P. Santhosh Kumar*

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    Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Dr. M. P. Santhosh Kumar, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Saveetha University, 162, Poonamallee High Road, Velappanchavadi, Chennai - 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Author:

    K. Janani, M. P. Santhosh Kumar*

    Title:Attitude of dental undergraduate students toward choosing oral and maxillofacial surgery as a career
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):10 (October [ Special Issue 2 ])
    Year:2018
    Page No: (2872-2876)
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    Methodology:A questionnaire-based survey
    Research Materials:Dental students

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Attitude Career Dental students Oral and maxillofacial surgery

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