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What Makes a Great Resident: A Perspective of Pediatric Dentistry Program Directors and Residents

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Purpose: To obtain information regarding attitudes and perspectives of pediatric dentistry residency program directors (PD) and pediatric dentistry residents (PDR) about what makes a great resident. Methods: Surveys for PDs (36 questions), and PDRs (31 questions) were created and emailed via SurveyMonkey® to the 88 PDs and 906 residents of United States programs in 2015. Desirable characteristics identified during selection and attendance in the residency program were compared. Results: Forty-seven percent of the PDs (n equals 41) and 24 percent of the residents (n equals 221) responded to the survey. Both groups rated honesty to be of highest value during the selection process of applicants. During the residency, PDs still ranked honesty highest, whereas residents ranked teamwork highest. PDs (71 percent) would consider a standardized admissions test as part of their admission requirements. Twenty-three percent of PDs and 58 percent of residents believed social media would influence admission decisions. Conclusions: The viewpoints of directors and residents showed similarities during the selection process but significant differences in ranking personal attributes during training, with residents valuing teamwork more than program directors. Program directors want a standardized test for the admissions process. Additionally, residents ranked social media higher for admission decisions than program directors.
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Keywords: ADMISSION; PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY; PROFESSIONALISM; RESIDENT SELECTION

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Pediatric dentist in San Jose, Calif., USA 2: Director, Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program, Jacobi Medical Center, and a clinical associate professor of dentistry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y., USA;, Email: [email protected] 3: Associate director, Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program, at Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y., USA 4: Chair, Department of Dentistry/OMFS, at Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y., USA

Publication date: March 1, 2018

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  • Pediatric Dentistry is the official publication of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. It is published bi-monthly and is internationally recognized as the leading journal in the area of pediatric dentistry. The journal promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. This peer-reviewed journal features scientific articles, case reports and abstracts of current pediatric dental research.
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