EFFECT OF COUNSELLING ON PREFERENCE OF SPECIALITY IN DENTAL STUDENTS OF KHYBER COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY

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Saood Muhammad
Tahmeena Naz
Sundus Shabir
Ujala Saif
Sundus wadood
Ahsan Shah

Abstract

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Objective: To identify the preferences of dental graduates in the field of post-graduate specialty, factors that may influence their decision to select a particular specialty, and the effect of counselling on specialty preferences.


 


Methods: A pre-counselling and post-counselling questionnaire based study was carried out among final year students and House surgeons of Khyber College of Dentistry, Peshawar, between May to June 2020. A self-administered questionnaire, inquiring about the preference of specialty program, specialty subject and the reason for the preference, was given to the students. After filling the questionnaire, the participants were given a session on dental career counselling. After the session, they were again asked about their preference for a specialty for their future career. Both results were then compared.


 


Results: The most prevalent specialty before counselling was Endodontics (36.2%). The second one was Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (21.3%) and then Periodontics (16.3%). After counselling, preference for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery remained the same, however, Endodontics and Periodontics were reduced to 33.8% and 13.8%, respectively. Among post-graduation specialty programs, FCPS was the most prevalent program (77.5%).


Conclusion: Endodontics is the most preferred specialty among graduates followed by Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The most preferred program was FCPS. A single counselling session did not change the preference significantly. The reason most likely behind the preference was possession of unique set of skills for the specialty.


Key words: Dental graduates preferences, Specialties, Counselling.

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Muhammad, S., Naz, T. ., Shabir, S. ., Saif, U., wadood, S., & Shah, A. (2022). EFFECT OF COUNSELLING ON PREFERENCE OF SPECIALITY IN DENTAL STUDENTS OF KHYBER COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY. Journal of Medical Sciences, 30(01), 53–56. https://doi.org/10.52764/jms.22.30.1.11
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