Research Article
Volume 20 Issue 10 - 2021
Factors Influencing Study Choices, Career Preferences, and Interest in Oral Medicine Among Senior Dental Students in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, A Cross-Sectional Study
May Alsenani*, Reem Alhoqail, Sarah Albalawi, Razan Bin Dous, Basmah Alhawsawi, Modhi AlHussain and Afnan Alaqeel
Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Science Department, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: May Alsenani, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Science Department, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Received: September 03, 2021; Published: September 25, 2021


Background: Choosing a career is one of the most important aspects in terms of dental students’ future, it is a complex and critical decision. Therefore, this study aims to identify career preferences among senior dental students, factors influencing their future specialty choices and their opinion about oral medicine and interest in pursuing Oral Medicine specialty in the future.

Methods: A cross-sectional observational analytical study using a convenient sampling method was conducted to final year dental students in governmental colleges in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, In October 2020. Data were collected via an online survey using Survey monkey, the survey consisted of demographic data questions and 3 questions that were measured on a 5-point Likert scale and one multiple choice question. Participants were given 3 minutes to fill in the survey anonymously.

Analyses included descriptive statistics (means, SDs, and frequencies); test relationship between variables (GPA, gender, and university) with factors by using chi-square test, and analysis of ANOVA for comparing more than two groups. 

Results: One hundred and sixty-nine final year dental students in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from three governmental universities King saud university, King saud bin abdulaziz university for health science, and Prince noura university participated in this study. There were 98 (58%) male respondents, while females were 71 (42%) of the total sample. In this study, we measured career preference among senior dental students, factors influencing future specialty choice, opinion about oral medicine and interest in pursuing Oral Medicine specialty in the future.

Conclusion: The majority of the senior dental students in governmental dental colleges in Riyadh prefer to work in government dental hospitals. Receiving good income as a professional specialist was the most influential factor for future specialty choice. Pursuing oral medicine specialty in the future was not considered by the majority of students.

Keywords: Oral Medicine; Senior Dental Students; Career Preferences; Dental Specialties


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Citation: May Alsenani., et al. “Factors Influencing Study Choices, Career Preferences, and Interest in Oral Medicine Among Senior Dental Students in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, A Cross-Sectional Study”. EC Dental Science 20.10 (2021): 86-94.

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