Interest in pursuing the specialty of periodontology: a perspective from pre-doctoral periodontal directors and periodontics residents Public Deposited

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  • June 27, 2022
  • Lewis, Imani Edward
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Department of Periodontology
  • Interest in periodontics as a career by dental students remains low compared to other dental clinical specialties. The purpose of this research is to report the perceived value of periodontal education and general enthusiasm toward periodontics, characterize pre-doctoral periodontal curricula and modes of instruction utilized by dental schools in the United States, and to investigate the main factors that influence pre-doctoral dental students to pursue periodontics as a career. The participants in this study were pre-doctoral periodontal directors and periodontics residents. The directors associated greater resident involvement in the pre-doctoral program with increased barriers to a career in periodontics. Residents reported a favorable relationship with periodontal faculty and exposure to periodontics procedures among factors that impacted career choice. The results of this study may increase interest in periodontics and improve dental education. This study may also assist programs, schools, and professional organizations in strategic recruitment and planning.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Science in the School of Dentistry (Periodontology)."
  • Moretti, Antonio
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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