The British Dental Association (BDA) has launched a survey of dental students involved in this yearâ€™s round of applications for Dental Foundation Training (DFT) places.
The research will put together a full picture of the experiences of final-year student BDA members that the BDA will feed back to the organisers of the DFT application process.
The research asks participants about issues including the quality and timeliness of information provided prior to the process beginning, the user-friendliness and appropriateness of the process, the way interviews were conducted, and the way places were allocated in December 2011.
Dr Judith Husband, Chair of the BDAâ€™s Education Committee, said: â€œThe BDA has received informal commentary from members and non-members alike about aspects of the way the Dental Foundation Training application process has been managed this year. Itâ€™s important that feedback is provided through formal research so that a fuller picture of applicantsâ€™ experiences can be put together and fed back to those responsible for the process.
â€œIt was clear that the previous system needed to be replaced to deliver a better experience for dental students. Itâ€™s important that this yearâ€™s applicants share their experiences to help hone the new system. I urge all those invited to participate in the survey to do so and make their voices heard so that the BDA can help to make sure that positive changes can be made next year.â€
The survey is open from 6â€“19 March. All BDA student members who took part in the process have been invited to take part. Final year students who are not currently members but took part in the process can participate in a parallel piece of research here: http://www.bda.org/students/publications/fyg/about-training/DFT_survey.aspx