Familiarity and Desire to Perceive Medical Education Courses among School Students in India- A Pilot Study
Keywords:Dentistry, Medical education, Psychology of school students, Traditional Medical courses.
The number of dentist serving the rural areas is relatively low and the practice of seeking general physicians
for dental treatments can still be evident in areas where dental services are not accessible. But it is unclear
whether students from suburban regions prefer to pursue dentistry as their first choice of preference. Hence,
the present study was aimed to find the interest in dentistry among the aspiring school students, to evaluate if
the existing exams remain a challenge, from choosing a medical course, and also to assess if the emergence
of COVID-19 has actually increased the popularity of traditional medicines. A survey questionnaire with
16 questions was shared through online media to 200 school students both in urban and suburban regions
after validation for this pilot study. After consent to participate, the responses collected were tabulated and
statistically analyzed. It was observed that only 64% (urban) and 73% (suburban) were aware of dentistry
with a slight increase in student’s choice for traditional medicine courses over allopathic medicine (40%
urban, 48% suburban) post pandemic. Within the limitations of this study it is evident that school students
are less aware of various dentistry courses, and access to training for the exams can motivate the number of
students seeking admission to dentistry courses.
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