A Comparison of Radiographic Retakes between Junior and Senior Dental Students
Although, research is not formally incorporated into the dental curriculum
students at Detroit Mercy Dental having the opportunity to participate in
a faculty-mentored research study as participants in the Student Research Program.
Therefore, one objective of this study was to provide
two dental student researchers with a radiographic assessment
of the evaluation of errors that had direct educational and clinical relevance
under the supervision of a board-certified radiologist.
The second objective of the work was to compare radiographic retakes
between DS3 and DS4 dental students at Detroit Mercy Dental.
The null hypothesis is that there is no difference in radiographic
retakes between DS3 and DS4 dental students.
This retrospective records-based study was granted expedited IRB approval
forms of full mouth series radiographs completed by DS3
students, and 260 similar forms completed by DS4 students.
Detroit Mercy Dental is a research non-intensive institution, but has a robust
Student Research Program fully supported by the administration.
Faculty members serve as mentors and provide guidance in all stages of the research method.
This study demonstrates the potential of student researchers to contribute to scholarly
activity in a meaningful way and it accomplished the objective to provide
two dental student researchers with a study that had direct educational and clinical relevance.
To address the second objective of this study, under the mentorship
of a board certified radiologist, the student researchers gathered
data from radiology evaluation forms to analyze retakes and to compare
retakes between a cohort of DS3 and DS4.
Data analyses showed that there were significantly more acceptable
projections accomplished by DS4 students compared to DS3 students.
Dent Open J. 2017; SE(1): S5-S10. doi: 10.17140/DOJ-SE-1-102