Stress and Burnout in Dental Education
An Interview with Dr. Kimon Divaris
Kimon Divaris, DDS, PhD
This podcast is an interview with Dr. Kimon Divaris of the
UNC School of Dentistry at Chapel Hill. After
hearing this podcast interview, the listener should:
understand the causes of stress and burnout among dental students
able to employ some methods of stress reduction in their lives
Stress is a factor that all students must deal with at some
point in their education. It is no secret that stress and a feeling of
“burnout” can negatively affect one’s mood and overall production. Dr. Kimon
Divaris and his research team have studies the effects of stress as it
specifically relates to dental students. Their findings have confirmed what you
may already suspect: many dental students report high levels of stress and
burnout during their education. While this may not come as a shock to many of
you, the studies offer insight into the causes and demographics of stress
across the dental school spectrum, and this interview offers some methods of
stress reduction dental students can engage in during their time in dental
*Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry,
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, NC. Department of Epidemiology,
Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina-Chapel
Hill, Chapel Hill, NCRelated Reading:
- Divaris K, Polychronopoulou A. et al. Stress and Burnout in Postgraduate Dental Education. European Journal of Dental Education. 2011
- Divaris K, Polychronopoulou A. A Longitudinal Study of Greek Dental Students' Perceived Sources of Stress. Journal of Dental Education, 2010.
- Divaris K, Barlow PJ, et al. The Academic Environment: The Students' Perspective. European Journal of Dental Education. 2008.
- ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education. The dental education environment. J Dent Educ 2006: 70:1265–1270.
- ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education. Educational Strategies Associated with Development of Problem-Solving, Critical Thinking, and Self-Directed Learning. Journal of Dental Education. 2006.