Acta Med. 2020, 63: 67-72

Perception of Undergraduate Students at the Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové Regarding Their Endodontic Education and Suggested Improvements

Martin KapitánID, Lenka VavřičkováID, Jakub SuchánekID

Department of Dentistry, Charles University, Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové, and University Hospital Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

Received January 22, 2020
Accepted April 3, 2020

Aim: The aim of this study was to assess the perception of undergraduate dentistry students at Charles University, Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové, the Czech Republic regarding their endodontic education within the context of the Undergraduate Curriculum Guidelines for Endodontology by the European Society of Endodontology (ESE). The secondary aim was to compare this perception among students in the Czech and English groups. Methodology: A questionnaire survey was conducted among fifth year students at the very end of their studies. Results: The students returned 60 filled questionnaires, making the response rate of 75.9%. More than two thirds of the respondents declared that they were competent at or had knowledge of most of the major competencies defined by the ESE. Eighty seven percent of respondents felt competent to perform a root canal treatment on anterior teeth; 86.7% on premolars; and 48.3% on molars. Nearly all respondents (98.3%) recommended more opportunities to practice on patients. Conclusions: The overall perception of the students was that their endodontic education was sufficient and largely conformed to the guidelines. Insufficient exposure to endodontic practice on patients was identified as a deficiency. There were no significant differences in perceptions between the two study groups.


The study was financially supported by the Charles University’s programme PROGRES Q40/13.


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