Health Policy

Career Influences Among Final Year Dental Students Who Plan to Enter Private Practice

Nashleanas, B.M.; McKernan, S.C.; Kuthy, R.A.; Qian, F.


Existing research about the influence of educational debt on students' decision to enter general practice immediately after graduation is conflicting. Other potential factors that could affect this decision include the influence of a spouse or other family member, the importance of a mentoring dentist, and how students perceive the burden of their debt. The goal of this study was to examine the importance of debt on career decision-making while also considering the role of other influences.