Perception of Dental Undergraduates and Interns towards E-Learning in Gaining Clinical Skills: A Cross-Sectional Survey

Vasiqa Bano, Ali Hassan Syed, Hashmat Gul, Nadia Mansoor

ABSTRACT

Objective: To evaluate the level of acceptance of e-learning among dental interns and undergraduates of Armed Forces Institute of Dentistry (AFID).

Study Design: Cross-sectional study.

Place and Duration of Study: The study was carried out at Armed Forces Institute of Dentistry, Rawalpindi from March 2018 to September 2018.

Materials and Methods: Cross-sectional quantitative survey was conducted in 174 participants  including dental interns and undergraduates. A fourteen-item questionnaire was designed and piloted. Data was tabulated and analyzed statistically using SPSS version 24.0. Categorical variables were presented as percentages. Post-stratification Fisher’s exact test and chi-square test were applied. p<0.05 was taken as significant.

Results: Among clinical skills learning tools, more than half (54.6%) of the participants considered hospital attachments as most effective.  E-learning was considered a supportive tool for ward test preparation. Three quarters (75.3%) stated that e-learning has improved teaching standards and enhanced student-teacher interaction. There was significant association between level of education and messenger apps (p=.027), gender with accuracy in technique (p=.027) and with supervised discussion session regarding e-videos (p=.038).

Conclusion: E-learning is beneficial for ward test preparation as it develops interest in clinical attachment and helps in learning general physical examination of patients.

Key Words: Blended learning, Clinical skill, Dental education, E-learning.


How to cite this:
Bano V, Syed AH, Gul H, Mansoor N.  Perception of Dental Undergraduates and Interns towards E-Learning in Gaining Clinical Skills: A Cross-Sectional Survey. Life and Science. 2021; 2(1): 9-13.  doi: http://doi.org/10.37185/LnS.1.1.108

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