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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 8-13

Dental interns' feedback to introduction of clinical competencies in King Khalid University, Bachelor of Dental Surgery Program

1 Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Sciences; Department of Dental Education, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Dental Education; Department of Diagnostic Sciences and Oral Biology, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Dental Education; Department of Prosthetic Dentistry, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Sadatullah Syed
College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Post Box 3263, Abha 61471
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sjhs.sjhs_63_16

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Objectives: A questionnaire survey of Interns was conducted to obtain their feedback regarding newly introduced Clinical Competencies (CC) in King Khalid University College of Dentistry (KKUCOD), Saudi Arabia. Materials and Methods: A self-administered questionnaire was employed with questions focusing on the effectiveness of didactic and clinical training, fairness, importance and confidence instilled by the CC. Dichotomous data was recorded and analyzed for distribution of frequency. Results: Majority (85.9% to 92.7%) of the surveyed interns 'agree' that all KKUCOD CC are important for general dental practice. 62.3 to 83.4 % interns 'agree' their classroom and clinical training was 'satisfactory' to 'excellent' for CC related to patient assessment and diagnosis, periodontal therapy, restoration of teeth and endodontics, replacing missing teeth, dental emergencies and radiographic interpretation and surgical management. These CC received 'excellent' rating for their fairness in KKUCOD evaluation and assessment system (percentage range of 'agree' between 70.2% and 75%). On the other hand, CC related to management of orofacial pain, oral mucosal disorders and treating malocclusions 'need attention' (percentage range of 'agree' between 38.5% and 56.5%) for their classroom and clinical training. However, the interns (percentage range of 'disagree' 13.4 between 47.6%) perceive lack of confidence for unsupervised clinical work for all KKUCOD CC except the one related to restoration and Endodontics. Conclusion: The Interns consider Clinical Competency system to be fair and important; however, measures should be taken so that they feel confident during unsupervised clinical work.

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