Document Type : Original Article


1 Dentist, Private Practice,

2 Torabinejad Research Center, School of Dentistry, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran


Introduction: Ensuring achievement of research experience by students is one of the most
important goals of the thesis‑conduction process and evaluation of student satisfaction with
this process is one of the most imperative challenges herein. Aims: The aim of this study is to
investigate the satisfaction of dental students passing the thesis educational course from the
Isfahan Dental School. Settings and Design: Sixty‑two dental students who had graduated
in2011, from the Isfahan Dental School, participated in this descriptive cross‑sectional study
Materials and Methods: The postgraduate Research Experience Questionnaire (PREQ) was
used for data collection. The questionnaire evaluated student satisfaction in seven domains:
Thesis supervision, skill development, intellectual climate, infrastructure, thesis examination,
goals and expectations, and overall satisfaction. Statistical Analysis Used: The data were
analyzed on an SPSS software using descriptive and inferential statistics. Results: The mean
score of satisfaction of the participants was 75 ± 12. On the basis of their scores, satisfaction
in 3.2% of them was slow, in 33.9%was medium, in 61.3% was good and in 1.6% was high. The
highest satisfaction was found to be in thesis supervision and the least was in the intellectual
climate domain.There was no significant statistical difference between satisfaction and
gender (P = 0.46). Conclusions: Considering the results, to increase student satisfaction for
passing the thesis courses, it is necessary to improve the intellectual climate in dental schools
and also increase the research budget for more financial support of students to carry out their


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