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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 8-14

Hybrid tool for assessment of professionalism among dental undergraduate students


1 Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Community Dentistry and Dean, FOD, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia
2 Department of Community Medicine and Deputy Dean, FOM, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia
3 Department of Periodontics, FOD, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia
4 Department of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology, FOD, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia
5 Department of Community Dentistry, FOD, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Eswara Uma
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, FOD, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Jalan Batu Hampar, Bukit Baru, Melaka 75150
Malaysia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijabmr.IJABMR_133_17

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Context: Of the several methods available for assessment of professionalism, there is still no consensus on an ideal tool for dental undergraduate (UG) students. Aims: The study aims to use a hybrid tool for assessment of professionalism among dental undergraduate students. Settings and Design: Cross-sectional design with purposive sampling. Subjects and Methods: All final year UG dental students participated in this study. Evaluation of knowledge about professionalism was through written test. Professional behavior of each final year student in a clinical setting was assessed with a prevalidated questionnaire of multisource feedback (MSF). The scores of written test and the MSF were calculated for each student. Data were analyzed to evaluate scores of knowledge and MSF scores as per assessor category. Correlation between knowledge scores and MSF was evaluated. Student perceptions were taken toward assessment of professionalism. Statistical Analysis Used: Statistical analysis was done using descriptive statistics. Pearson's coefficient was used to determine the correlation between average knowledge scores and the MSF scores. Results: Knowledge scores were significantly more for female students (P < 0.05, t-test). Patients rated the students highest. Correlation between knowledge and MSF scores was found to be statistically significant (Pearson's correlation, P < 0.01). Students gave feedback that assessment of professionalism should be done from the beginning of the clinical years. Conclusions: Evaluation revealed that knowledge toward professionalism correlated with the professional behavior implying association between knowledge and reasons for a particular action.


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