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Promoting Dentistry as a Career: A Local Initiative

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Aim: This was to ascertain reasons for pupils' interest in dentistry, and what appealed to them from their current knowledge of the profession. The findings were compared with those of undergraduates and practising dentists.

Materials and Method: Three different groups of subjects (school pupils, fourth-year dental undergraduates and general dental practitioners) in West Yorkshire were asked to complete a single-sided A4 questionnaire

Results: All respondents completed the questionnaire fully.

Conclusion: Promotion of dentistry as a career should be targeted at the 14-15-year-old age group and above. Advice on a career in dentistry may be sought from general dental practitioners (who should keep up to date with dental degree/career information), careers fairs, and written information (which should be well-presented and informative). Dental schools might provide information via 'predental advisers' and recruiting courses, with help for applicants from professionals with relevant experience.
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Keywords: CAREERS ADVICE; DENTAL SCHOOL; DENTISTRY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2002

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  • Primary Dental Care is the research journal of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), and the only peer-reviewed journal dedicated wholly to research in primary care dentistry. The aim of the journal is to promote academic and research aspects of primary dental care by publishing relevant peer-reviewed papers. In addition, reviews, reports of clinical cases, book reviews, opinions, summaries and abstracts of scientific meetings and news items are included.
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