Survey of Dental School Seniors for the graduating class of 2017 is
newly available. The survey covers a wide range of topics related to dental
education, including students’ motivation to pursue dentistry, perceived
preparation in different subject areas, debt incurred and career plans. The
survey response rate of 77% includes responses from students at the 65 U.S.
dental schools (of 66 total U.S. dental schools) with graduating classes in
2017. Some of the key findings include a near equal representation of men and
women, but a skewed distribution by gender within race/ethnic groups. Comparing
the experiences and plans of seniors with different characteristics allows
school administrators and policymakers to better understand these future
dentists’ motivations and challenges.
on June 13, 2018