Title: 0754 - Dental Student and ICT: Opinions on education and future career


Rodrigo Mariño (Presenter)
University of Melbourne

Andre Priede, University of Melbourne
Cara Fitt, University of Melbourne
Herman Chu, University of Melbourne
Raghed Hamami, University of Melbourne
Fadi Dawood, University of Melbourne
James Dang, University of Melbourne
Volodymyr Firman, University of Melbourne


Objectives: This study aims to qualitatively explore first year dental students’ perceptions, views and reflections on the relevance of ICT and its implementation as a tool within the context of their education and future practice.

Methods: De-identified opinions were collected from 95 first year Doctor of Dental Surgery students at The University of Melbourne, Australia, without prior teaching on the topic. Socio-demographic information was not collected, but available data indicated that the majority were males (n=52), with 30% of the cohort being international students (n=29). Two researchers independently coded the data. Inter-coder reliability was determined as a range of Kappa coefficient from 0.53 to 1.00, depending on the theme. Data was imported into NVivo software 11.1 and analysed thematically.

Results: Students positively perceived the use of ICT into their education and future career. Reported benefits of ICT to dental education included enhanced access, flexibility, ability of students to direct their own learning, and a safe setting to enhance their motor skills. However practical, learning (e.g., access to unreliable information) and personal concerns (e.g., lack of interaction between peers) were expressed. Additional technical and attitudinal barriers may prevent ICT integration into dental education resulting in access inequalities between populations.

With regards to dental practice, similar benefits were cited, including increased efficiency and flexibility in their working environment and communication with patients and peers. Concerns about quality of information and interaction with patients, as well as legal and professional issues were raised. Barriers to the implementation of ICT included new challenges with disruptive technologies, and accessibility.

Conclusions: There was a general positive opinion regarding the use of ICT, but it was not without its concerns. Dental educators, institutions, and practice managers must take these into consideration as well as the perceived barriers to fully reap the advantages of ICT within dental education and professional practice.

Disclosure Statement:
The submitter must disclose the names of the organizations with which any author have a relationship, the nature of the relationship, and the clinical or research area involved. The following is submitted: NONE