Preparedness of recent dental graduates and final-year undergraduate dental students for practice amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

Pandarathodiyil, Anitha Krishnan and Mani, Shani Ann and Ghani, Wan Maria Nabillah Wan Abdul and Ramanathan, Anand and Talib, Rozaidah and Zamzuri, Ahmad Termizi (2023) Preparedness of recent dental graduates and final-year undergraduate dental students for practice amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. European Journal of Dental Education, 27 (1). pp. 78-86. ISSN 1396-5883, DOI

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Introduction Dental education involves performing clinical procedures on patients under expert supervision. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted routine face-to-face teaching-learning-assessment dynamics world over. This study assessed the self-perceived preparedness of dental undergraduate students for practice, whose clinical training was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic from dental schools across Malaysia. Materials and Methods This cross-sectional web-based questionnaire survey was done among new dental graduates of the academic year 2019-2020 and the final year undergraduate students (academic year 2020-2021) from dental schools in Malaysia, using the Dental Undergraduates Preparedness Assessment Scale (DU-PAS), from 6th to 26th April 2021. The questionnaire addressed clinical skill competence, and cognitive and behavioral attributes. The number of respondents needed to achieve a confidence level of 95% with margin of error of 5% was 306. Results A total of 453 (243 final year students and 210 new graduates) responded from dental schools nationwide, with a response rate of 30.6%. The overall mean score for preparedness for dental practice was 76.3 +/- 14.7, for clinical skills 39.7 +/- 7.3, and behavioral and cognitive attributes 36.5 +/- 9.1. New graduates had significantly higher mean preparedness score (78.6 +/- 14.4) as compared to students in their final year (74.2 +/- 14.7). Performing endodontic treatment on multi-rooted teeth had the lowest perceived competency (29.8%), followed by assessing treatment needs of patients requiring orthodontics (37.1%), prescribing drugs (46.6%) and providing crowns using principles of tooth preservation (48.1%). Conclusions Satisfactory scores were obtained for most attributes. The final-year cohort was significantly less prepared for dental practice compared to the newly graduated cohort.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19 pandemic; Dental education; Dental practice; Dental training; Perceived preparedness
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Divisions: Faculty of Dentistry
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2023 03:08
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2023 08:59

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