International Journal of Oral Health Sciences

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 93--98

Assessment of motivational factors and career aspirations of dental interns in Davangere city: A cross-sectional survey


B Sapna1, Nousheen Nadaf1, Shifa2, Siti Noor Ain Badroon2, Zhafrina Hanum Abd Rahim2, Renee Tan2 
1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Davangere, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Internees, Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Davangere, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. B Sapna
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, MCC B Block, Davangere - 577 004, Karnataka
India

Purpose: To assess the motivational factors and future career aspirations of dental interns. Materials and Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional survey was carried out among 88 dental internees. A self-designed questionnaire was used to collect information regarding motivational factors in choosing dentistry as a career, future career plan, and students' attitude toward the profession. Chi-square test was employed to find the association between motivation factors and career aspirations among male and female interns. Results: The study results showed that majority of students (48.9%) were self-motivated (own interest) for choosing dentistry as a career and 31.8% had chosen dentistry due to parent's interest. About 28.4% chose dental profession as it has good job security and 27.3% of students for financial security. On completion of their undergraduate course in dentistry, 35.2% preferred to pursue postgraduation in India, 29.5% wanted to go abroad for further studies, and 6.8% desired to establish private practice. There was a marginal significant association between male and female study participants to join postgraduation as a career choice (P = 0.05). Majority (83%) of the study participants were happy with their dental profession and almost 72.7% of the study participants agreed that they have enough abilities to treat the patients. Conclusions: The study concludes that student's own interest, job, and financial security are the major reasons for pursuing a master degree. The reasons for choosing dentistry have important implications for the selection and training of students as well as for their future job satisfaction.


How to cite this article:
Sapna B, Nadaf N, Shifa, Ain Badroon SN, Abd Rahim ZH, Tan R. Assessment of motivational factors and career aspirations of dental interns in Davangere city: A cross-sectional survey.Int J Oral Health Sci 2015;5:93-98


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Sapna B, Nadaf N, Shifa, Ain Badroon SN, Abd Rahim ZH, Tan R. Assessment of motivational factors and career aspirations of dental interns in Davangere city: A cross-sectional survey. Int J Oral Health Sci [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Aug 8 ];5:93-98
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