An observational analysis of recent female dental enrolment figures in the Republic of Ireland

Patricia Neville*

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Abstract

Purpose/Objective: This research investigates the participation and completion rates of Irish female undergraduate dental students from 2003-2014.
Methods: The Higher Education Authority database was accessed and dental students enrolment and completion figures were extracted, compiled and analysed according to gender distribution.
Result: From 2003- 2014 there has been a steady increase in the number of female students enrolled in and completing Ireland’s undergraduate dentistry programmes.
Conclusions: The findings reveal that a distinct process of feminization has occurred in Ireland since the early 2000s. The feminization of dentistry in Ireland will impact on workforce projections for the Irish dental service. However, more research needs to be undertaken to explore why female students are motivated to pursue a career in dentistry. Due regard also needs to be given to ensuring these women progress in this dental career. Dental education can play an important role here.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-239
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Dental Education
Volume21
Issue number4
Early online date8 Apr 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017

Keywords

  • gender
  • feminization
  • dental education
  • the Republic of Ireland

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