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- ItemOpen AccessNigerian dental students' perspectives about their clinical education(University of Lagos Journal of Dental Sciences, 2019-10) Isiekwe, G.I; Umeizudike, K.A; Abah, A.A; Fadeju, A.DObjective: Undergraduate dental education in Nigeria is rapidly expanding with new dental schools being established in different parts of the country. Clinical training forms an important and key component of the undergraduate dental training process. The objective of this paper is to assess the perceptions of Nigerian dental students on the clinical component of their undergraduate training programme. Method: This was a cross-sectional descriptive study carried out amongst 350 dental students and recent dental graduates from the nine accredited dental schools in the country at that time. Ethical approval for the study was obtained from the Lagos University Teaching Hospital Health Research Ethics Committee (HREC). Data collection was via self-administered questionnaires. The study assessed the dental students' perspectives on different aspects of their clinical training using a validated instrument, which was a slightly modified form of the CLinED IQ questionnaire. Results: The final study sample was made up of 275 students and recent graduates with a mean age of 24.57years. The students rated their interactions with their clinical instructors and faculty members favourably, but provided lower ratings for clinical learning opportunities, due to the different challenges faced in the dental school environment. The students also rated their involvement in specific clinical learning activities low, with only three out of the eleven highlighted activities recording a high-level involvement. Conclusion: Nigerian dental students perceive that interaction with their faculty members is more beneficial to them than the clinical learning opportunities provided in the dental school. This was mainly attributed to inefficiencies in the dental school environment and insufficient infrastructure. They also reported a low level of involvement in specific clinical learning activities.
- ItemOpen AccessPerceptions of dental students and recent graduates of a Nigerian Dental School on the quality of undergraduate training received.(University of Lagos Journal of Medicine Science and Technology, 2015) Isiekwe, G.I; Umeizudike, KA; Abah, A.A; Fadeju, A.DBackground: Undergraduate dental education is very demanding and rigorous for the dental student, particularly in a country like Nigeria, where there are limited resources available to support dental education. Aim: To assess the perceptions of final year dental students and recent graduates of a Nigerian Dental School on their level of satisfaction with the quality of undergraduate dental training received. Materials and Methods: Self-administered questionnaires were distributed to final year dental students and recently graduated dentists (house-officers) from the University of Lagos Dental School. The questionnaires had three sections, each utilizing likert scales to assess the respondents’ perceptions on different aspects of their undergraduate dental training Data analysis was carried out using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences software, (SPSS) version 17, Chicago III. Results: Seventy-seven students and recent graduates, participated in the study. Oral medicine recorded the highest level of satisfaction among the participants for both academic and clinical training. In contrast, conservative dentistry recorded the least level of satisfaction for both academic and clinical training, respectively. Electricity supply was rated as the factor most adversely affecting clinical training while the quality of training received from faculty was rated as the least adverse factor, affecting clinical training. Conclusion: Dental students and recent graduates of the University of Lagos Dental School are not satisfied with the quality of undergraduate training received in some dental specialties at the dental school. This dissatisfaction may be associated with infrastructural limitations such as poor electricity supply and inadequate dental chairs and materials for training.
- ItemOpen AccessUndergraduate dental education in Nigeria: Perceptions of dental students and recent dental graduates.(2016) Isiekwe, G.I; Umeizudike, K.A; Abah, A.A; Fadeju, A.DBackground: Students’ perception of their education is a subject that has received very little attention by those providing dental school education. This is more so in the Nigerian environment, where limited research has been carried out in dental education, particularly with respect to the students’ perspectives on the quality of training received. Objective: Thus, the aim of this study was to determine the perceptions of dental students and recent dental graduates in Nigeria on their level of satisfaction with the quality of academic and clinical training received in their respective dental schools and the challenges faced in receiving this training. Methods: This was a cross-sectional descriptive study carried out amongst 271 dental students and recent dental graduates from eight dental schools in the country. Ethical approval for the study was obtained from the Institutional Review Board of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). Data collection was via self-administered questionnaires. Statistical analysis was carried out using SPSS 17. Results: The final study sample was made up of 239 students, with a mean age of 24.57 (2.21) years. The two dental specialties in which the least level of satisfaction was recorded with regard to the quality of academic training received were Conservative Dentistry and Orthodontics, while for clinical training they were Conservative Dentistry and Oral Biology/ Pathology. The three most common factors which were adversely affecting the quality of clinical training received were, poor electricity supply, insufficient dental chairs and quality of training received. Conclusion: Dental students and recent graduates of Nigerian Dental schools are not satisfied with the quality of undergraduate training received in some dental specialties at their respective dental schools.