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Odonto-Stomatologie Tropicale Juin - June 2016 Tropical Dental Journal Vol. 39, n°154 Undergraduate dental education in Nigeria: perceptions of dental students and recent dental graduates 1. Dpt of Child Dental G.I. ISIEkwE1, k.A. UMEIzUDIkE2, A.A. ABAH3, A.D. FADEjU4 Health, Faculty of Dental Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Lagos/Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-araba, Lagos, Nigeria Abstract 2. Dpt of Preventive Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Sciences, College Background: Students’ perception of their education is a subject that has received very little attention of Medicine, University of Lagos/Lagos University by those providing dental school education. This is more so in the Nigerian environment, where limited Teaching Hospital, research has been carried out in dental education, particularly with respect to the students’ perspectives Idi-araba, Lagos, Nigeria 3. Dpt of Oral Pathology/ on the quality of training received. Oral Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, Lagos State Objective: Thus, the aim of this study was to determine the perceptions of dental students and recent University, College of dental graduates in Nigeria on their level of satisfaction with the quality of academic and clinical training Medicine, 4. Dpt of Child Dental received in their respective dental schools and the challenges faced in receiving this training. Health, Faculty of Dental Methods: This was a cross-sectional descriptive study carried out amongst 271 dental students and Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Obafemi recent dental graduates from eight dental schools in the country. Ethical approval for the study was Awolowo University, obtained from the Institutional Review Board of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). Data Ile-ife, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching collection was via self-administered questionnaires. Statistical analysis was carried out using SPSS 17. Hospital Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria Results: The final study sample was made up of 239 students, with a mean age of 24.57 (2.21) years. The two dental specialties in which the least level of satisfaction was recorded with regard to the quality of academic training received were Conservative Dentistry and Orthodontics, while for clinical training Keywords: Undergraduate they were Conservative Dentistry and Oral Biology/ Pathology. The three most common factors which Dental Education, were adversely affecting the quality of clinical training received were, poor electricity supply, insufficient students’ dental chairs and quality of training

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