Journal of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry

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Year
: 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 412--419

Reasons for choosing dentistry as a career: A study involving dental students in V.M.S. Dental College, Salem


N Saravanan1, R Thiruneervannan2 
1 Reader, Dept. of Community Dentistry, Vinayaka Missions Sankarachariyar Dental College, Salem, India
2 Principal and Professor, Vinayaka Missions Sankarachariyar Dental College, Salem, India

Correspondence Address:
N Saravanan
Reader, Dept. of Community Dentistry, Vinayaka Missions Sankarachariyar Dental College, Salem
India

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to identify reasons for choosing dentistry as a career and to consider the factors that had influenced their decision among dental students in V.M.S. Dental College, Salem. Materials and Methods: A self-completion Questionnaire which was distributed among both undergraduates and postgraduates dental students. Answers were then analyzed to find differences between the groups. Results: A total of 405 dental students were participated in the present study. Among the study population, only 74 (18%) of them from Dentistry background. about 231 (57%) of them choosing dentistry because of their own interest and 93 (23%) of them choosing dentistry because of unavailability of other courses. after completion of the course about 213 (53%) have opted for higher education, followed by 127 (31%) for private practice. To start practice 306 (75%) of them choose urban and 99 (25%) ) of them choose rural area. about 176 (43%) opted for private practice, after their graduation they interested to go abroad for further studies about 154 (38%) and182 (45%) for further practice. Among the study population, if they not dentist, 245 (60.5%) of them have opted professional course and 39 (9.7%) of them like to do business. About 320 (79%) of them consider dentistry as mainstream career. About 273 (67.5%) of them will suggest others to join dentistry. About192 (47%) of them think that dentistry suits both male and female. According to their post graduate subject choice 88 (22%) of them are interested in oral pathology, 78 (20%) of them are interested in oral surgery and oral medicine, equally. Among the study population74 (18%) of them say that scope of dentistry is excellent in India and 189 (47%) of them consider good scope.


How to cite this article:
Saravanan N, Thiruneervannan R. Reasons for choosing dentistry as a career: A study involving dental students in V.M.S. Dental College, Salem.J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent 2011;9:412-419


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Saravanan N, Thiruneervannan R. Reasons for choosing dentistry as a career: A study involving dental students in V.M.S. Dental College, Salem. J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent [serial online] 2011 [cited 2021 Apr 13 ];9:412-419
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