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Contextualising the relevance of specialty-specific electives in dental education: Perspectives of dental and oral hygiene graduates.
Eur J Dent Educ ; 24(1): 26-35, 2020 Feb.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31518467
ABSTRACT

INTRODUCTION:

Electives have been shown to contribute to both the professional and personal development of students in specific areas of interest outside the standard curriculum. The School of Oral Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand introduced electives as a pedagogy in the Bachelor of Dental Sciences (BDS) and Bachelor of Oral Health Sciences (BOHSc) curricula in 2010 and 2014, respectively. However, since its introduction, the relevance of these electives in the BDS and BOHSc curricula has not been investigated.

METHODS:

This research was designed as an evaluation study that used a questionnaire survey administered to 76 dental and oral hygiene graduates (BDS and BOHSc).

RESULTS:

Of the initial 76 questionnaires that were distributed, 55 (BDS = 38, BOHSc = 17) were returned, giving a response rate of 72.4%. Almost all the participants (92.7%) agreed that the electives enabled them to develop better interpersonal skills; 80.0% and 82.7% agreed that their clinical skills, and knowledge of key concepts in dental practice, respectively, had improved upon completion of the elective. In appraising the elective programme, 87.0% of the graduates agreed that the content and outcome of the elective programme should be reviewed and changed.

CONCLUSION:

Obtaining empirical data on the impact of electives on clinical knowledge, skill and behaviour of dental graduates will enhance the relevance of electives in dental education. Findings by this study reveal that the actual impact of the electives on dental graduates was desirable and corresponded with the intended impact. The problematic areas that were identified will inform future planning.
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Texto completo: Disponível Coleções: Bases de dados internacionais Base de dados: MEDLINE Assunto principal: Higiene Bucal / Educação em Odontologia Aspecto clínico: Prognóstico Limite: Humanos Idioma: Inglês Revista: Eur J Dent Educ Assunto da revista: Educação / Odontologia Ano de publicação: 2020 Tipo de documento: Artigo País de afiliação: África do Sul