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Post-qualification dental training. Part 2: is there value of training within different clinical settings?


Introduction Upon completion of dental foundation training (DFT), a number of dental graduates apply for further training known as dental core training (DCT). Alternatively, there are two-year integrated training pathways within both primary and secondary care; known as longitudinal dental foundation training (LDFT). There is a lack of evidence supporting LDFT and how this compares to DFT and DCT.

Aim To explore perceptions and experiences of three post-qualification dental training pathways (DFT, DFT+DCT1, LDFT) and understand how this training prepares trainees for independent clinical practice and their future career.

Method A qualitative study from an interpretivist stance, theoretical sampling was carried out until data saturation was achieved; 36 individual in-depth semi-structured interviews of trainees and supervisors were conducted. The development of codes and generation of sub-themes resulted in major themes grounded within the data of participants.

Results Seven major themes were generated: training pathway choice, skill development, career development, identity, team, setting and training programme.

Conclusion The second part of this short series provides an understanding of how the different training pathways prepare trainees for independent clinical practice and their future careers; in particular how training in different clinical settings can promote interprofessional collaboration and appreciation of patient care pathways.

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Coleman, A., Finn, G. Post-qualification dental training. Part 2: is there value of training within different clinical settings?. Br Dent J 227, 989–995 (2019).

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