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Table 4 Distribution of mean Likert Scale scores on factors influencing the choice of Periodontics as a Specialty Career among US and International Graduates

From: Factors influencing international and U.S. dentists’ interest in advanced periodontal education: a pilot study

Influencing factors for choice of periodontics as specialty career All graduates
(n*)
US Graduates
Mean Score ± sd (n*)
International graduates
Mean Score ± SD (n*)
p value
Interest in Implantology 4.06 ± 1.27 4.00 ± 1.23 4.17 ± 1.38 0.3226
Good Relationship with Periodontal Faculty 3.49 ± 1.66 3.89 ± 1.41 2.38 ± 1.85 0.0149*
To improve Periodontal Surgery capabilities 4.80 ± 0.62 4.75 ± 0.73 4.89 ± 0.32 0.5243
One way to obtain License to work in the US 2.12 ± 1.56 1.38 ± 0.96 2.92 ± 1.73 0.0088*
Exposure to Periodontal Work has increased interest in the subject 4.50 ± 1.07 4.47 ± 1.05 4.56 ± 1.15 0.4977
Periodontal course in my school 3.06 ± 1.59 3.27 ± 1.48 2.63 ± 1.78 0.2242
  1. Wilcoxon Two-Sample Test
  2. *Significant at p < 0.05. (n*) Number of respondents vary due to non-response