**This post has been added by a new contributor – Mary Fusco – With the joint purpose of finding out more about the shortage and access to dental care. Thank you in advance for your input. We appreciate your time and efforts to contribute to this study.**
I was a dental assistant for 12 years right out of high school and I have maintained an interest in dental workforce issues ever since. After completing my bachelors and masters degrees, I worked in non-profits where I devoted my time to dental workforce issues. I am now working at a dental school and I’m a PhD candidate in the dissertation phase with a topic focused on dental workforce shortages affecting access to care.
I’m interested in finding out if experience with dentistry prior to and during dental school affects how a person feels about their dental skills and abilities, and then finding out if these experiences (such as community outreach) influence practice preference. I believe the results of my study will help with dental admissions processes and with dental clinic recruitment and hiring. I’m focusing on dentists who have graduated between 2006 and 2011 to complete a short (10 minute) survey. I’ll share the results of my research with those who are interested.
Anyone interested in learning more about the research study and taking the survey please go to: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/mpfusco/142155
Thank you, in advance, for your participation!
Mary Fusco, MA, PhD ABD