Maria Lourdes E. Cantor, DDM, M.A.Ed., Ed.D. | Belen W. Nievera, DDM, MDE
This study focused on the status of completion of clinical requirements of UB dentistry clinicians along extent of completion; most common clinical requirements not finished on time; causes of delay of completion of clinical requirements as perceived by the clinicians; and the comparison of the extent of completion and requirements not finished on time according to clinical level and semester. These were used as bases in formulating an action plan to increase the level of completion of clinical requirements. Documentary analysis of the tally sheets of all 121 clinicians enrolled in Clinical Dentistry I-IV (1st and 2nd Semester, SY 2010-2011) which are on file at the clinical dentistry department was done. A survey was also conducted among the clinicians on their perceived causes of delay in completion of clinical requirements. The overall extent of completion of clinical requirements is high. The clinicians need to attain the prescribed cut-off percentage before being promoted. The most common clinical requirements not finished on time are anterior/posterior crown, fixed partial denture and removable partial denture. Clinical level affects both extent of completion of requirements and most common requirements not finished on time. Senior clinicians tend to have a higher percentage of completion while level II clinicians who are in the transition period have the lowest percentage of completion. There are special cases unique to each clinical level and lower level clinicians have fewer special and long cases. Difficulty in finding specific cases, cost of long cases/procedures, patient compliance and holidays disrupting clinic schedule topped the list of causes of delay in the completion of clinical requirements as perceived by the clinicians.
Key Words: Clinical requirements, Dentistry clinicians, extent of completion
Source: UB Research Journal, Vol. XXXVII, No. 1, January – June 2013