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. 2018 Dec;82(12):1310-1319.
doi: 10.21815/JDE.018.139.

Dental Students' Evaluations of Practice Management Education and Interest in Business-Related Training: Exploring Attitudes Towards DDS/DMD-MBA Programs

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Dental Students' Evaluations of Practice Management Education and Interest in Business-Related Training: Exploring Attitudes Towards DDS/DMD-MBA Programs

Jae Young Han et al. J Dent Educ. .
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Abstract

Being well prepared for a competitive business environment is crucial for future dentists. The aims of this study were to assess dental students' satisfaction with their practice management education, their current and future interest in business-related education and attending a DDS/DMD-MBA program, and the relationship between their demographic and other characteristics and their business education-related responses. The study, conducted in 2016 and 2017, surveyed students in all four years at the authors' home school and at other schools that did not have a DDS/DMD-MBA program. At the home school, 273 students responded (response rate 63%); and 341 students from 11 of the 51 U.S. dental schools without a DDS/DMD-MBA program responded (respondents were from 21% of schools invited; the response rate of those students could not be calculated). The responding students disagreed that their school adequately prepared them for the business aspects of dentistry (mean=2.42 on a scale from 1=disagree strongly to 5=agree strongly). Large majorities agreed/strongly agreed that dentistry is a career that requires a certain amount of business acumen (95%) and that they were very interested in learning about business (85%). A total of 68% agreed/strongly agreed that their school should offer a dual DDS/DMD-MBA degree and 63% that they would consider enrolling in such a program. The more advanced the respondents were, the less satisfied they were with their practice management education (r=-0.20; p<0.001). Female respondents were less interested in business-related education (r=-0.20; p<0.001) and less likely to consider a DDS/DMD-MBA program than the males. Respondents planning to own a dental practice were more interested in additional current business education (r=0.22; p<0.001) and in future business education (r=0.15; p<0.001) than those without that plan. These results showed that a significant percentage of these dental students were interested in a DDS/DMD-MBA program. The male students and students who planned to own a practice were more interested in business education than the female students and students who did not plan to own their own practice.

Keywords: dental education; dental practice; dental students; dentistry; practice management.

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