ASSESSING THE OPINION OF SENIOR STUDENTS ABOUT DENTAL EDUCATION DURING THE PANDEMIC PERIOD
During the pandemic period, many universities reorganized their way of teaching, practicing, and interacting with students. Theoretical and clinical activities were conducted online. The aim of the present study is to identify the opinion of senior dentistry students about online activities. Material and methods: An online questionnaire was distributed to senior dentistry students enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, University of Oradea. In total, 69 respondents were included in the research. Information regarding socio-demographic data, self-reported health status, online activity schedule, and satisfaction with practical and theoretical activity was gathered. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 23. Results: 49 female and 20 male students, average 25 ± 2.15 (minimum 23 and maximum 35 years old) declared that they sustained only online activities. Most of them connect to online classes from their homes, with 59.42% using laptops and 34.78% connecting from smartphones. Almost half (47.33%) never use video connection in their online classes. Many of them (95.65%) use social media to communicate with colleagues and half of the number of students use the university platform to communicate with their academic teachers. 80% of students preferred practical activities in classrooms and more than 1/3 of respondents considered that there is knowledge that cannot be taught online. The behavior during online classes and the opinion of students regarding the online activity are also presented. Conclusions: Despite the present results, there is little evidence about the impact of online medical education on student formation and knowledge. Using their experience as students, seniors do not appreciate online teaching as a consistent option.
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