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Table 2 The instructional design of undergraduate endodontics in Saudi dental schools and the relationship between the collected categorical data and the type of dental school

From: The objectives and instructional design of undergraduate endodontic program: multicenter cross-sectional study in Saudi Arabia

The topic The answer Dental schools n (%) Dental school type n Public versus private schools (P-value)
Public Private
Credit hours for preclinical courses 4 or less 21 (84) 14 7 P = 0.66
5 or 6 1 (4) 1 0
7 or 8 0 (0) 0 0
More than 8 3 (12) 3 0
Types of root canals used in the pre-clinic training Canals in natural teeth 24 (96) 17 7 P = 0.38
Canals in plastic teeth available commercially 12 (48) 11 1
3D printed teeth with canals 4 (16) 3 1
Canals in acrylic blocks with simple curves 2 (8) 2 0
Canals in acrylic blocks with an S-shaped curve 0 (0)
Type of teeth allowed to be treated in the clinic Incisors and canine 25 (100) 18 7 P = 0.54
Premolars 25 (100) 18 7
1st molar 23 (92) 18 5
2nd molar 9 (36) 6 3
Treatments allowed in the clinic Vital pulp therapies 23 (92) 17 6 P = 0.82
Root canal treatment 25 (100) 18 7
Root canal re-treatment 17 (68) 12 5
Endodontic surgery 0 (0) 0 0
Treatment of immature teeth 5 (20) 2 3
Pulp regeneration 2 (8) 1 1
Minimum dental requirements Yes 23 (92) 17 6 P = 0.49
No 2 (8) 1 1
Practical competency exam (preclinical) Yes 23 (92) 15 7 P = 0.80
No 2 (8) 2 0
Clinical competency test Yes 21 (84) 14 7 P = 0.54
No 2 (8) 2 0
No response 2 (8) 2 0
The use of treatment consent Special endodontic treatment consent 8 (32) 7 1 P = 1.00
Embedded in the general dental tx consent 12 (48) 7 5
Verbal consent and mutual agreement 5 (20) 4 1
The use of difficulty assessment form AAE difficulty assessment form 12 (48) 11 1 P = 0.37
A difficulty assessment form. (not AAE form) 3 (12) 1 2
No special difficulty assessment form 10 (40) 6 4
The level of case complexity Cases of minimal difficulty 13 (52) 11 2 P = 0.21
Cases of moderate difficulty 12 (48) 7 5
Cases of high difficulty 0 (0) 0 0
  1. Statistical significance was set on P ≤ 0.05