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Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL EDUCATION   FALL 2007-WINTER 2008 , Volume 7 , Number 2 (18); Page(s) 201 To 208.
 
Paper: 

DENTAL STUDENTS' COMPETENCIES IN COMMUNITY DENTISTRY COURSE

 
 
Author(s):  ESLAMI POUR F.*, HEYDARI K., ASGARI I.
 
* DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DENTISTRY, SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY, ISFAHAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, HEZAR JARIB ST., ISFAHAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Introduction: Graduated dentistry students ought to be competent in different fields of community dentistry such as health education, needs assessment, planning and policy making. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of community dentistry course on dental students' competencies in different fields of community dentistry through self-monitoring method in Isfahan School of dentistry.
Methods: This quasi-experimental study was conducted on two groups using pre-test and post-test. Through census sampling method, 50 students were studied before and after passing the community dentistry course, as experiment group and 40 students who did not pass this course were studied as the control group at the time of graduation. The data gathering tool was a questionnaire which was completed by students as self-administered.
The questionnaire assessed students' competencies in 6 determined areas with a scale ranging from unacceptable to excellent. The results were analyzed by SPSS software using Paired t-test and t-test.
Results: The difference between the scores of experiment group's competencies in all six determined areas was significant, before and after passing the course. Comparing the scores of the experiment and control groups showed significant differences in all areas except in "preventive dentistry services".
Conclusion: Community dentistry course has been successful in making the students competent in community dentistry fields. In order to improve these results, it is recommended to devote more time and facilities to the subjects such as needs assessment and course planning.

 
Keyword(s): CURRICULUM EVALUATION, COMPETENCY, COMMUNITY DENTISTRY
 
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