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Stress and Burnout in Dental Education

An Interview with Dr. Kimon Divaris

Learning Objectives:

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:

  • Better understand the causes of stress and burnout among dental students
  • Be 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 school.

*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, NC

Related Reading:
  1. Divaris K, Polychronopoulou A. et al. Stress and Burnout in Postgraduate Dental Education. European Journal of Dental Education. 2011  
  2. Divaris K, Polychronopoulou A. A Longitudinal Study of Greek Dental Students' Perceived Sources of Stress. Journal of Dental Education, 2010.    
  3. Divaris K, Barlow PJ, et al. The Academic Environment: The Students' Perspective. European Journal of Dental Education. 2008.  
  4. ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education. The dental education environment. J Dent Educ 2006: 70:1265–1270.  
  5. 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.  
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