Purpose. Clinical training is essential part of the dental curriculum. Both clinical environment and Teachers are essential factors which affect the acquired clinical skills. The objective was to assess the perceptions of dental students regarding their clinical training. Methods. This mixed method study using Clin Ed IQ questionnaire was conducted on Dental students graduating from both Private and Public sector institutes of Karachi. The questionnaire had four sections, the first three based on various aspect of clinical training, with responses based on 5-point Likert scale. Section four had open-ended items about dental curriculum. Results. For responses of 220 participants related to the first three sections, mean and standard deviation was calculated. Section two about Involvement in specific learning activities, had the lowest composite mean score (8.4). Results for all responses of agreement were tabulated as percentages. Overall, the scores were positive, with Section three regarding interaction with clinical instructors having highest positive responses. Dental graduates of Private sector institutes were more satisfied by their clinical training. Thematic analysis of open-ended questions yielded themes related to trained faculty, communication skills, patient safety skills, diversity, and integrated curriculum. Conclusion. The students of both types of institutes reported lack of diversity in clinical cases and deficient feedback from instructors as their major concern. However, the results showed a positive perception to their clinical experiences. Institutes and regulatory authorities should address areas of concern, to ensure provision of a holistic clinical learning environment to dental graduates.

Author Bio(s)

Dr.Sanaa Ahmed, Assistant Professor Oral Medicine, Member of Dental Education Cell, Sindh Institute of Oral Health Sciences, Jinnah Sindh Medical University,Karachi.

Dr.Samira Adnan, Assistant Professor Operative Dentistry, Member of Dental Education Cell, Sindh Institute of Oral Health Sciences, Jinnah Sindh Medical University,Karachi.

Professor Syed Mahmood Haider, Professor Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Karachi Medical and Dental College,Karachi.






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