Perceptions of dental students and recent graduates of a Nigerian Dental School on the quality of undergraduate training received.
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University of Lagos Journal of Medicine Science and Technology
Background: 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.
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY::Other odontology
Isiekwe GI, Umeizudike KA, Abah, Olatosi OO. (2015) Perceptions of dental students and recent graduates of a Nigerian Dental School on the quality of undergraduate training received. UNILAG Journal of Medicine, Science and Technology 3(1):34-44.