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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 11  |  Page : 37-40

Reasons for choosing dentistry as a career and career aspirations of dental students in J.S.S. Dental College and Hospital, Mysore City

Department of Community Dentistry, J.S.S. Dental College and Hospital Mysore, India

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Objectives: The purpose of this study was to investigate why students at J.S.S.Dental College had chosen Dentistry as their career, to consider the background factors that had influenced their decision and to study their different career goals. Material and Methods: Career aspiration of Dental students was assessed with the help of Questionnaire which was distributed among students divided into 6 groups (1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year (undergraduates), interns and postgraduates). Answers were then analyzed to find differences between the groups. Results: Response rate was 78% (n=431). Main reason for students to enter this profession was their own interest (53%, n ""290) in the field followed by unavailability of other desired courses 34%, (n=186). 60% of the undergraduates including the interns aspired to study further i.e. do their post graduation after completion for better salaries and good job opportunities while the second common choices were administrative service and private practice. 55% (30/56) of the postgraduates wanted to go for teaching and research while the remaining wished to manage both private practice and teaching. Majority of the students wanted to take up oral surgery as their speciality followed by orthodontia and cosmetic Dentistry. 52% (n=285) of students wanted to go abroad for further studies commonly to U.S.A followed by Australia and New Zealand and wished for some career counseling in this regard. When asked whether they would advice their friends to take up Dentistry, 62% (n "' 340) said yes, mainly because of good scope due to new emerging technologies while 38% (n = 208) said no due to factors like increased stress, low salaries and saturation in this field.

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