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UNE College of Dental Medicine Researchers Study Causes of Stress in Dental Students

Updated: Jul 17, 2019

ADEA + UNE, Jan 11, 2019, UNE

Summarized by: Linda Zheng

Faculties and students at the University of New England’s College of Dental Medicine recently published an article in the Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning about the stress level of first and second year students in dental school. The study was led by Yang Kang, D.D.S., Ph.D., assistant clinical professor, Stacey Dubois, M.S., M.F.A., assistant director of Academic Affairs, and Isaac Stickney, M.Ed., C.G.S., previous assistant director of educational support and student recruitment. Data were collected over a 2-year period, from 2015- 2016. Results showed that second year students feel more stress than first year students, students who live at home or near immediate family experience less stress, and that those over 25 years old feel less stressed compared to their younger counterparts. Curriculum changes are currently being implemented at the school, such as providing more faculty time and credit hours to complete coursework or splitting larger courses into smaller courses. Further studies and revisions to the curriculum will ensue with the objective of reducing student stress.

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