Contemporary dental student professionalism: moving towards a macro-level perspective

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Defining professionalism and developing educational interventions that foster and assess student professionalism are integral to dental education. Nevertheless, conceptual, methodological and pedagogic differences define the academic field, leaving students, educators and the profession itself struggling to make meaningful progress on how best to elicit and monitor dental student professionalism. This article proposes that more progress can be made on this important issue when a contextualised, sociological assessment of dentistry and dental professionalism is undertaken. We contend that identifying some of the socio-cultural demands in UK dental students' lives, and acknowledging how these pressures shape their interactions with the UK dental education system, provides a nuanced and contemporaneous understanding of what it means to be an oral health care professional at a time of social and health care upheaval. Dental educators can use this insight to work towards being more understanding of and responsive to dental student professional development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-636
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2024

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  • Professionalism
  • Humans
  • Students, Dental/psychology
  • Education, Dental/methods
  • United Kingdom


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