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Iranian Journal of Medical Education 2019, 19 - : 248-255 Back to browse issues page
Explaining Dental Students’ Experiences of Community-based Education: A Qualitative Study through Students’ Reflection Writings
Haleh Zokaee , Mina Pakkhesal , Amir Reza Ahmadinia , Leila Jouybari
Golestan University of Medical Sciences , m_pakkhesal@yahoo.com
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Introduction: Evidence indicates that the customary way of teaching is not enough to improve studentschr('39') skill and competence after graduation. This study aimed to explain the experiences of Dentistry students in relation to community-based education (education in the field), which was done through written reflection by the students.
Methods: This study was carried out embracing qualitative approach in the academic year. 28 senior dentistry students according to the preplanned program visited the comprehensive centers of rural health in Gorgan, Golestan, Iran. At the end of the semester, students were asked to write their reflection on the outcomes of education in the field. The conventional qualitative content analysis was performed with the aim of extracting the experiences and views of students from the examination and management of oral mucosal lesions in the field.
Results: Data analysis led to the extraction of 72 initial code concepts, the two main categories of "obtaining clinical experiences, gaining non-clinical experiences" and four sub-categories including "improving clinical skills, enhancing emotional / attitudinal skills, improving the skills of individual communication, and understanding the importance of organizational interaction”.
Conclusion: The education in the field, along with traditional teaching methods can significantly increase studentschr('39') learning ability and thus provide better quality services and promote community oral and dental health.
Keywords: Reflection, Community Based Dentistry, Dental Student, Qualitative Content Analysis, Community- based education
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Type of Study: Original research article | Subject: Community Based Medicine
Received: 2019/02/22 | Accepted: 2019/07/13 | Published: 2019/04/15
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Zokaee H, Pakkhesal M, Ahmadinia A R, Jouybari L. Explaining Dental Students’ Experiences of Community-based Education: A Qualitative Study through Students’ Reflection Writings. Iranian Journal of Medical Education. 2019; 19 :248-255
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