Career choice and future design of dental students in China and Japan

Xu Yan, Xinwen Zhang, Yohei Jinno, Keishu Tachibana, Jie Gao, Kiyoshi Koyano, Hongjun Ai, Yong Shen

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to compare career choice and future plans of dental students in China and Japan. Information was derived from a self-answered questionnaire. Significant differences were detected for eight items between the two countries. Regarding motivation towards career choice, 41% of Japanese students indicated positive motives related to helping others, achieving self-worth and health-care related interests, whereas Chinese students indicated that their choice was mainly for financial and prestige reasons, and for 32% of them, dentistry was a passive choice. More Chinese dental students (74%) wanted further education compared with Japanese students (22%). The majority of Japanese students (56.9%) planned to work as general dentists. Conversely, Chinese students were more likely to specialise (50%). More than 50% of Japanese students wanted to work in dental offices, but the majority of Chinese students (65%) preferred university hospital. We found it is strange that nearly one-fourth of the Chinese students did not want to be a clinical dentist mainly because of the poor health-care environment. This study provides a description of the perspectives of Japanese and Chinese dental students and enables a better understanding of career choices and future course design issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-75
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Dental Journal
Volume64
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014

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Career Choice
Dental Students
China
Japan
Students
Dentists
Dental Offices
Delivery of Health Care
Dentistry
Motivation

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  • Dentistry(all)

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Career choice and future design of dental students in China and Japan. / Yan, Xu; Zhang, Xinwen; Jinno, Yohei; Tachibana, Keishu; Gao, Jie; Koyano, Kiyoshi; Ai, Hongjun; Shen, Yong.

In: International Dental Journal, Vol. 64, No. 2, 01.01.2014, p. 68-75.

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Yan, X, Zhang, X, Jinno, Y, Tachibana, K, Gao, J, Koyano, K, Ai, H & Shen, Y 2014, 'Career choice and future design of dental students in China and Japan', International Dental Journal, vol. 64, no. 2, pp. 68-75. https://doi.org/10.1111/idj.12064
Yan, Xu ; Zhang, Xinwen ; Jinno, Yohei ; Tachibana, Keishu ; Gao, Jie ; Koyano, Kiyoshi ; Ai, Hongjun ; Shen, Yong. / Career choice and future design of dental students in China and Japan. In: International Dental Journal. 2014 ; Vol. 64, No. 2. pp. 68-75.
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