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Expectations Regarding Dental Practice: A Cross-Sectional Survey of European Dental Students

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Department of Restorative, Preventive and Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dental Medicine, University of Bern, CH-3010 Bern, Switzerland
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Department of Periodontology and Operative Dentistry, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, 55131 Mainz, Germany
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FVDZ Free Association of German Dentists, 53177 Bonn, Germany
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Association of Statutory Health Insurance Dentists North Rhine (KZV Nordrhein), 40237 Düsseldorf, Germany
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SSO Swiss Dental Association, 3000 Bern, Switzerland
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Private Practice, Valikonağı Street, 34635 Istanbul, Turkey
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Turkish Dental Association (Türk Dişhekimleri Birliği), 06530 Çukurambar, Cankaya/Ankara, Turkey
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EDSA European Dental Students’ Association, D02 PN40 Dublin, Ireland
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Department of Medicine, Surgery and Experimental Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Sassari, I-07100 Sassari, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(19), 7296; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17197296
Received: 28 August 2020 / Revised: 30 September 2020 / Accepted: 3 October 2020 / Published: 6 October 2020
Obtaining information on expectations among dental students regarding their career planning was the main purpose of this observational online survey. The questionnaire was designed with 18 items in five different languages: English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Data were collected on nationality, age, sex, country of residence, university attended, semester, expected year of graduation and expectations about future career. More than 3000 participants (n = 3851, 2863 females 74.34% and 988 males 25.66% with a sex ratio of 0.35) participated in the survey. Almost one-third (31.29%) of the participants plan to start their own practice at least three years after vocational training, a quarter (25.76%) after three, and only 12.59% after one year. A positive influence of the family in the decision to start a practice was observed in 50.07% of the sample with a statistically significant difference regarding sex (p < 0.01). Almost one-third of the participants did not wish to work in an institution run by private equity or insurance companies, while 21.79% would work in that environment (p < 0.01). European dental students desire mainly to become self-employed and start their own practice. New professional practices also offer them options for their future career that they have not yet decided on or thought about. View Full-Text
Keywords: future career; expectations; liberal dental practice; Europe; dental students future career; expectations; liberal dental practice; Europe; dental students
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Wolf, T.G.; Wagner, R.F.; Zeyer, O.; Ilhan, D.; Crnić, T.; Otterbach, E.-J.; Campus, G. Expectations Regarding Dental Practice: A Cross-Sectional Survey of European Dental Students. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7296. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17197296

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Wolf TG, Wagner RF, Zeyer O, Ilhan D, Crnić T, Otterbach E-J, Campus G. Expectations Regarding Dental Practice: A Cross-Sectional Survey of European Dental Students. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(19):7296. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17197296

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Wolf, Thomas G., Ralf F. Wagner, Oliver Zeyer, Duygu Ilhan, Tin Crnić, Ernst-Jürgen Otterbach, and Guglielmo Campus. 2020. "Expectations Regarding Dental Practice: A Cross-Sectional Survey of European Dental Students" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 19: 7296. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17197296

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