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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 212-215
Perceptions and challenges of a first-year dental student – A cross-sectional study


1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University Dental College and Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University Dental College and Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Adesh Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Bathinda, Punjab, India
4 Department of Oral Pathology, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University Dental College and Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India
5 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Adesh Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Bathinda, Punjab, India
6 Private Practitioner, Bathinda Orthodontoc and Dental Clinic, Bathinda, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Manhar Kaur Shinh
Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University Dental College and Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijdr.ijdr_402_21

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Introduction: Undergraduate dental training is demanding and rigorous, unaware students face a lot of challenges after entering the course. Thus, the study aims to find out from a dental sophomore the challenges they face during the first year of dental school. Methodology: An e-questionnaire study was conducted on 932 second-year Bachelor of Dental Surgery students of India. The questions help us gauge problems and hurdles faced by a dental sophomore like information related to difficulty levels, laborious nature and so on. Chi-square test is to find out relativity and association between the variables. Results: Pre-clinical prosthodontics was found the most laborious and a gender-wise significant difference (P < 0.01) was noted amongst females (437, 71.06%) and males (157, 49.53%). Conclusion: This study highlighted that students are usually unaware about the course, the type of content reading, learning, laborious nature of practical work and so on.


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