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Type: Journal article
Title: Continuing education: The 1998 survey of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons
Author: Sambrook, P.
Thomson, D.
Bastiaan, R.
Goss, A.
Citation: Australian Dental Journal, 2001; 46(2):139-142
Publisher: Australian Dental Assn Inc
Issue Date: 2001
ISSN: 0045-0421
1834-7819
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P Sambrook, D Thomson, R Bastiaan and A Goss
Abstract: Background: Continuing education (CE) is an essential professional activity. In the last decade, CE has been actively pursued by the medical profession in Australia and abroad. However, the uptake of CE in dentistry has been much slower and there is minimal Australian data on dental CE. Methods: To determine the level of CE activity, in 1998, postal questionnaires were sent to all fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. The responses were analysed. Results: There was a high reponse rate (90 per cent) but a moderate usable rate (54 per cent). The results show a biphasic distribution between high and low CE activity. The average amount of activity of those involved in CE was 116 hours per year, above the usually accepted minimum of 100 hours/year. Some groups, particularly members of the specialist divisions of oral and maxillofacial surgeons (215 hours) and periodontists (205 hours), have high levels of CE. However, approximately 25 per cent of college fellows reported little or no CE activity. The survey revealed that inactive fellows are more likely to be older and in general practice. Inactive fellows were also tardy in replying to the questionnaire. Conclusion: The high activity CE group needs to be recognised and encouraged to continue. Specific plans to help the low CE activity group should be developed. Although these findings relate directly to the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, they are presented as they have implications for the dental profession at large.
Keywords: continuing education; college; survey; dental surgeons
Description: The document attached has been archived with permission from the Australian Dental Association. An external link to the publisher’s copy is included.
RMID: 0020012125
DOI: 10.1111/j.1834-7819.2001.tb00569.x
Published version: http://www.ada.org.au/App_CmsLib/Media/Lib/0611/M30432_v1_632979824112980000.pdf
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