American Journal of Psychology and Cognitive Science
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American Journal of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Vol.1, No.5, Dec. 2015, Pub. Date: Jan. 16, 2016
The Perspective of Final Year Students at Faculty of Dentistry in Turkey on Dentistry Specialty Examination
Pages: 147-154 Views: 620 Downloads: 192
Authors
[01] Mustafa Erhan Sari, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Ondokuz Mayis University, Samsun, Turkey.
[02] Leman Tomak, Department of Biostatistics, Faculty of Medicine, Ondokuz Mayıs University, Samsun, Turkey.
[03] Ilker Keskiner, Department of Periodontology, Faculty of Dentistry, Ondokuz Mayis University, Samsun, Turkey.
Abstract
Background: The Dentistry Specialty Examination aims at selection of the students who will have specialization training in faculties of dentistry based on objective criteria. The present study aimed at establishing and evaluating the opinions and choices of the fifth year students from the Ondokuz Mayis University (OMU) Faculty of Dentistry and the factors involved. Methods: Study was conducted with the fifth year students of the Faculty of Dentistry at OMU between 2013 and 2014. The sample size was established as 96 students, by accessing 90% of the fifth year students. During the study, questionnaire forms with questions for the students' sociodemographic features and their opinions about the examination for specialty in dentistry were used to collect data. Additionally, the Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS) was used to determine the future expectations of the students. Results: The majority of the students want to take the Dentistry Specialty Examination, whereas 69.9% have expressed that this exam was necessary. It was a difficult exam and the Basic Medical Sciences questions were particularly difficult. It was found that the Beck Hopelessness Scale score was lower in the students who wanted to take the specialty exam. The query based on the professional life expectancy revealed that the students with hope had the lowest hopelessness score, whereas the students without hope had the highest score. Conclusion: The students who are partially or completely hopeful about the profession have more positive thoughts about their future life compared to the hopeless students.
Keywords
Dentistry, Specialty Examination
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