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Iranian Journal of Medical Education 2008, 8(1): 63-70 Back to browse issues page
The Viewpoints of General Dentists of Rafsanjan and Kerman toward Continuing Education Program of Restorative Dentistry
Mostafa Sadeghi, Hamid Bakhshi
, mostafasadeghi@yahoo.com
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Introduction: Identifying educational needs of general dentists and prioritizing them in continuing education programs are matters of necessity. This study was conducted to identify the viewpoints of general dentists concerning their educational needs, proper methods of teaching, and implementing continuing education program of restorative dentistry in Rafsanjan and Kerman. Methods: This descriptive cross-sectional study, in which 145 general dentists in Kerman and Rafsanjan participated, was performed in the year 2007. Data was gathered by a questionnaire consisting of demogra-phic questions, 17 questions about the subjects and headings of continuing education program of restorative dentistry, 8 and 6 questions about proper teaching methods and implementing continuing education programs, respectively. The questionnaire was based on 5 point Lickert scale. Data was analyzed by SPSS software using descriptive statistics and t-test. Results: Ninety three general dentists from Kerman and 52 ones from Rafsanjan participated in this study. The most important educational priorities in continuing education program of restorative dentistry were new generations of composites, infection control, sterilization principles, causes of anterior and posterior composite resin restorations failure and porcelain laminate veneer. Participants preferred teaching methods of practical training in educational workshops, observing practical works, and lecture along with film presentation they also realized the study of textbooks and scientific journals, watching educational film, attending seminars and congresses more suitable for continuing education program of restorative dentistry. Conclusion: The headings of continuing education program of restorative dentistry should be revised regularly based on the learners' needs. Performing or observing practical work are recommended as teaching methods for this kind of programs. Also new methods should be employed in implementing the program.
Keywords: Continuing education, Dentistry, Restorative dentistry, Kerman, Rafsanjan
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Received: 2008/12/2 | Accepted: 2011/08/7 | Published: 2008/09/15

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