Journal of Pharmacy And Bioallied Sciences

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 821--825

Perception of dental students on gender preferences in career choice, plans, and expectations in dentistry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Fawaz Pullishery1, Hajer Ayed Alhejoury2, Turki Hamza Ahmed3, Wysal Abdullah Allugmani2, Ghada Sultan Alrowaily2, Dareen Dhaifullah Aljohani2, Bassam Abdullah Alshehab4 
1 Department of Community Dentistry and Research, Dentistry Program, Batterjee Medical College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Dental Intern, Batterjee Medical College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
3 Dental Intern, King Abdulaziz Univeristy, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
4 Dental Intern, King Faisal University, Hofuf, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Fawaz Pullishery
Department of Community Dentistry and Research, Dentistry Program, Batterjee Medical College, Jeddah 21442
Saudi Arabia

Introduction: Gender-based preferences are common in dental practice and maybe even more prevalent in academic dentistry. A large number of females have been entering the practice of general dentistry for the past two decades. The present study was done to assess dental students' perception of gender preferences in dentistry using a questionnaire in Saudi Arabia. Materials and Methods: A survey was conducted using a pretested questionnaire among dental interns pursuing their internship at different dental schools in Saudi Arabia. The questionnaires were distributed to 482 interns who were willing to participate in the survey. All the responses were collected, tabulated, and analyzed accordingly using appropriate statistical methods. Results: Four hundred and eighty-two dental interns (180 males and 302 females) responded to the survey. Most female interns (68%) prefer female patients for their treatments to the opposite gender. Seventy-five percent of the male interns felt more capable than females to handle stress and workload associated with branches such as prosthodontics, surgery, and implantology. 52.1% felt that female students fared well in academics. Conclusion: The present study shows that more females are taking up this profession in the current situation. It also shows that females are as competitive as males in dentistry and that most of the dental interns want to take up postgraduation after completion of the course. Both males and females are given equal working space and respect in this field of dentistry.


How to cite this article:
Pullishery F, Alhejoury HA, Ahmed TH, Allugmani WA, Alrowaily GS, Aljohani DD, Alshehab BA. Perception of dental students on gender preferences in career choice, plans, and expectations in dentistry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.J Pharm Bioall Sci 2021;13:821-825


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Pullishery F, Alhejoury HA, Ahmed TH, Allugmani WA, Alrowaily GS, Aljohani DD, Alshehab BA. Perception of dental students on gender preferences in career choice, plans, and expectations in dentistry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. J Pharm Bioall Sci [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Sep 19 ];13:821-825
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