Research Article
Volume 17 Issue 2 - 2018
Dental Students’ Motivation and their Perception of Profession’s Future in Saudi Arabia
Latifa Alhowaish1* and Rehab Allam2
1Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
2Lecturer, Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: Latifa Alhowaish, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Received: December 26, 2017; Published: January 24, 2018
Citation: Latifa Alhowaish and Rehab Allam. “Dental Students’ Motivation and their Perception of Profession’s Future in Saudi Arabia”. EC Dental Science 17.2 (2018): 75-86.
Abstract
Aim: The current study centers on establishing the motivational factors behind selecting a career in dentistry by students in Saudi Arabia, with consideration also directed towards future practice. Moreover, the study seeks to analyze the potential concerns of dental students in regards their future profession.
Subjects and Methods: In the present study, the method implemented was an anonymous voluntary questionnaire, distributed by the researchers amongst a sample of fourth- and fifth-year students and interns pursuing their training at King Saud University’s College of Dentistry.
Results: The total sample number was 270 students and interns with an almost equal gender distribution. Three main elements were considered motivation by participants to choose dentistry as a career and those were: flexibility, altruism and income, as well as society and relatives influence. Flexibility had a statistically significant higher influence on females in this sample. Working in governmental and private sectors was the most option selected by participants. The participants had some concerns regarding the future of dentistry in Saudi Arabia and the highest scores were for increasing number of dental schools and reduced job opportunities.
Conclusion: In line with this study’s limitations, the conclusion may be drawn that dental students in Saudi Arabia, when questioned on the motivational factors driving them to pursue a career in dentistry, was seen to center on three key elements, namely the altruism factor, flexibility of the profession, and the relatives and society factors.
Keywords: Career/Career Plans; Dental Education/Dental Students; Motivation; Saudi Arabia
Copyright: © 2018 Latifa Alhowaish and Rehab Allam. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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