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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 15-18

Dental students' perception regarding their training on geriatrics

1 Department of Preventive and Social Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
2 Department of Preventive and Social Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
3 Department of Stomatology, Public Health and Forensic Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil
4 Department of Collective Health Postgraduate Program, Faculty of Dentistry, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil

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Prof. Alexandre Favero Bulgarelli
Ramiro Barcelos, 2492, 3o Andar, Porto Alegre, RS
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jeed.jeed_37_15

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Objective: This study presents findings of the first study developed in Brazil, using the Dundee Ready Educational Environment Measure (DREEM) instrument, to evaluate students' perceptions regarding the learning environment through an undergraduate dentistry course. Particularly, the aim was to evaluate geriatrics learning and training process outside the university boundaries during an outreach program. Materials and Methods: It was a descriptive study by means of the DREEM questionnaire applied in 114 undergraduate students from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. Data analysis was performed by means of ANOVA statistical test with SPSS software. Results: Average DREEM score, of all domains of the questionnaire, is higher for females with a good perception and younger males have a more positive self-perception of their academic life. Conclusions: The course of geriatrics at the studied university faces some potential facts, but at the same time, presents absence of a psychological support to the student and this reflects their perceptions of self-learning.

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