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Table 2 Practice plans and related factors, interest in postgraduate studies, preferred program structure and specialty of interest, views on workshops and guidance regarding career plans among a group of senior dental students at Jordan University of Science and Technology (n = 227)

From: Career perspectives of senior dental students from different backgrounds at a single Middle Eastern institution

Characteristic Nationality Total n(%)
Jordanians Malaysians Gulf States Syrians, Iraqi and Palestinians Others
Practice plan*
 Private 49 (46%) 15 (24%) 4 (16%) 17 (77%) 4 (36%) 89 (39%)
 Public 30 (28%) 33 (52%) 16 (64%) 3 (13%) 6 (55%) 88 (38%)
 Academic 23 (21%) 9 (14%) 5 (20%) 1 (5%) 1 (9%) 39 (17%)
 Research 1 (1%) 4 (7%) 0 0 0 5 (2%)
 Others 4 (4%) 1 (3%) 0 1 (5%) 0 6 (3%)
Impact of social and economic changes on practice plan*
 Strong 49 (46%) 22 (36%) 5 (20%) 11 (50%) 2 (18%) 89 (39%)
 Moderate 44 (41%) 34 (55%) 1 (4%) 7 (31%) 7 (64%) 93 (41%)
 Weak 5 (5%) 6 (9%) 13 (52%) 3 (14%) 2 (18%) 29 (13%)
 None 9 (8%) 0 6 (24%) 1 (5%) 0 16 (7%)
Interest in PG studies
 Yes 91 (86%) 52 (84%) 21 (84%) 19 (86%) 8 (73%) 191 (84%)
 No 6 (5%) 2 (3%) 0 2 (9%) 0 10 (4%)
Undecided 10 (9%) 8 (13%) 4 (16%) 1 (5%) 3 (27%) 26 (12%)
Preferred PG structure
 Clinical 53 (58%) 36 (69%) 16 (76%) 14 (73%) 6 (75%) 125 (66%)
 Research 3 (3%) 2 (4%) 1 (5%) 0 0 6 (3%)
 Combined 31 (34%) 10 (19%) 3 (14%) 3 (16%) 1 (12%) 48 (25%)
 Undecided 4 (4%) 4 (8%) 1 (5%) 2 (11%) 1 (12%) 12 (6%)
Specialty of interest
 Restorative dentistry 23 (25%) 11 (21%) 10 (47%) 5 (26%) 4 (50%) 53 (28%)
 Prosthodontics 20 (22%) 4 (8%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 0 26 (13%)
 Orthodontics 16 (18%) 2 (4%) 1 (5%) 4 (21%) 1 (12%) 24 (12%)
 Periodontics 6 (7%) 9 (17%) 3 (14%) 2 (11%) 2 (25%) 22 (12%)
 Oral surgery 13 (14%) 8 (15%) 1 (5%) 0 0 22 (12%)
 Paedodontics 2 (2%) 9 (17%) 1 (5%) 3 (16%) 0 15 (8%)
  Othersa 5 (5%) 8 (15%) 3 (14%) 1 (5%) 0 17 (9%)
 Undecided 6 (7%) 1 (2%) 1 (5%) 3 (16%) 1 (12%) 12 (6%)
Non academic courses/workshops as alternatives to PG programs
 Yes 27 (25%) 23 (37%) 5 (20%) 10 (45%) 3 (27%) 68 (30%)
 No 67 (62%) 26 (42%) 17 (68%) 8 (36%) 4 (36%) 122 (54%)
 Undecided 13 (13%) 13 (21%) 3 (12%) 4 (19%) 4 (36%) 37 (16%)
Guidance regarding career plan provided
 Yes 29 (27%) 8 (13%) 9 (36%) 7 (32%) 4 (36%) 57 (25%)
 No 78 (73%) 54 (87%) 16 (64%) 15 (68%) 7 (74%) 170 (75%)
Guidance source
 Dental faculty 12 (41%) 3 (38%) 2 (22%) 1 (14%) 1 (25%) 19 (34%)
 National Dental association 6 (21%) 1 (12%) 0 3 (44%) 1 (25%) 11 (19%)
 National Student association 6 (21%) 2 (25%) 7 (78%) 1 (14%) 0 16 (28%)
 Others 5 (17%) 2 (25%) 0 2 (28%) 2 (50%) 11 (19%)
  1. Chi square test,*P < 0.05
  2. aOther specialties include: oral medicine, oral radiology, oral pathology, dental basic sciences