Familiarity and Desire to Perceive Medical Education Courses among School Students in India- A Pilot Study

Authors

  • Nirmal Famila Bettie
  • Keerthi Narayan.V
  • Rathika Rai
  • Mugesh Raj
  • Karthikeyan
  • Mohamed Azarutheen

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i2.14346

Keywords:

Dentistry, Medical education, Psychology of school students, Traditional Medical courses.

Abstract

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.

Author Biographies

Nirmal Famila Bettie

Associate Professor, Department of Prosthodontics

Keerthi Narayan.V

Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Pathology and
Microbiology

Rathika Rai

Professor and Head, Department of Prosthodontics, Thai Moogambigai Dental College and
Hospital, Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute, Chennai, India

Mugesh Raj

Junior Resident, Thai Moogambigai
Dental College and Hospital, Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute, Chennai, India

Karthikeyan

Junior Resident, Thai Moogambigai
Dental College and Hospital, Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute, Chennai, India

Mohamed Azarutheen

Junior Resident, Thai Moogambigai
Dental College and Hospital, Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute, Chennai, India

Published

2021-03-24

How to Cite

Nirmal Famila Bettie, Keerthi Narayan.V, Rathika Rai, Mugesh Raj, Karthikeyan, & Mohamed Azarutheen. (2021). Familiarity and Desire to Perceive Medical Education Courses among School Students in India- A Pilot Study. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 15(2), 427-433. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i2.14346