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Year : 2017 | Month : August | Volume : 11 | Issue : 8 | Page : ZC01 - ZC05

Challenges in Learning Preclinical Prosthodontics: A Survey of Perceptions of Dental Undergraduates and Teaching Faculty at an Indian Dental School

Kamal Shigli, S Jyotsna, G Rajesh, Umesh Wadgave, Banashree Sankeshwari, Sushma S Nayak, Rashmi Vyas

1. Professor and Head, Department of Prosthodontics, D.Y. Patil Dental School, Pune, Maharashtra, India. 2. Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Dentistry, DAPMRVDC, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. 3. Professor and Head, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal University, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India. 4. Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University Dental College and Hospital, Sangli, Maharashtra, India. 5. Reader, Department of Prosthodontics, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University Dental College and Hospital, Sangli, Maharashtra, India. 6. Public Health Dentist, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Index College of Dental Sciences, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India. 7. Cross Cultural Educationalist, Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) Philadelphia.

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Abstract

Introduction: Preclinical dental education promotes development of competency and expertise before students work on patients, but this phase is devoid of exposure to real patients leading to challenges in teaching-learning.

Aim: The aim of this study was to explore the challenges faced by students during the process of learning preclinical prosthodontics.

Materials and Methods: Two Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) were conducted with two different groups of students and one FGD was held with prosthodontics faculty. The FGDs explored the students' and faculty perceptions on the topics which were difficult for the students to understand and their suggestions on how these topics can be made easier to understand. The discussions were audio taped with prior consent and transcribed.

Results: The students and the faculty felt that the subject of prosthodontics is vast, difficult to visualize and also difficult to correlate theory with practical aspects. Lack of clinical exposure coupled with use of conventional methods of teaching were identified as reasons for difficulty in understanding the subject. Both students and faculty members suggested that use of simulation, demonstrations, and videos could augment the learning process for the students. Early clinical exposure will help solve many problems encountered during learning and contribute to a better understanding.

Conclusion: The students and faculty expressed a "need" for early clinical exposure to enhance the learner’s understanding of the preclinical aspects of the subject. The present study highlights the need for change in instruction methods to enhance the learning experiences in preclinical prosthodontics of dental undergraduate students in India.

Keywords

Dental education, Early clinical exposure, Focus group discussion

How to cite this article :

Kamal Shigli, S Jyotsna, G Rajesh, Umesh Wadgave, Banashree Sankeshwari, Sushma S Nayak, et al.. CHALLENGES IN LEARNING PRECLINICAL PROSTHODONTICS: A SURVEY OF PERCEPTIONS OF DENTAL UNDERGRADUATES AND TEACHING FACULTY AT AN INDIAN DENTAL SCHOOL. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2017 August [cited: 2017 Aug 20 ]; 11:ZC01-ZC05. Available from
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DOI and Others

DOI: 10.7860/JCDR/2017/27710.10301

Date of Submission: Feb 19, 2017
Date of Peer Review: Apr 24, 2017
Date of Acceptance: Jul 13, 2017
Date of Publishing: Aug 01, 2017

Financial OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.

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