Graduating dental students' perceptions of oral cancer education: results of an exit survey of seven dental schools

J Cancer Educ. Summer 2002;17(2):83-4. doi: 10.1080/08858190209528804.


Method: A 22-question exit survey was administered on a voluntary basis to senior dental students at seven dental schools in order to evaluate perceptions regarding their knowledge and skills in oral cancer control. The questions encompassed prevention, role of tobacco, lesion recognition, diagnostic techniques, and patient management.

Results: The range of responses was broad between students as well as schools regarding didactic and clinical exposures, and confidence in abilities to manage oral cancer patients.

Conclusion: Data from this survey showed a perceived lack of knowledge and skills among graduating dental students that may translate to a subsequent deficiency in incorporating optimal oral cancer control procedures in their practices.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Clinical Competence* / standards
  • Education, Dental / standards*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Medical Oncology / education*
  • Mouth Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Mouth Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Program Evaluation*
  • Students, Dental / psychology*
  • Students, Dental / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States