Work situation and prospects of recently graduated dentists in the Netherlands

J.C.L. den Boer, L.J. van den Bosch, B.A.F.M. van Dam, J.J.M. Bruers

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© 2021 The Authors. European Journal of Dental Education published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.Introduction: Dentists who have graduated recently from a Dutch dental school work mainly in the Netherlands, where collaboration and differentiation are relevant factors. Furthermore, the Netherlands face regional undersupplies of dentists. The objective of this study was to describe choices and aims of recently graduated dentists for the near future. Materials and Methods: An invitation for the web questionnaire was sent by e-mail to 945 dentists who had graduated from a Dutch dental school between 2013 and 2017, of whom 230 (24.3%) participated in the survey. Results: Approximately three quarters (77%) of the recently graduated dentists worked as a general dentist in a practice of some else, primarily in urban areas. The choice for a practice was affected by location, earnings, and the opportunity to gain experience. Furthermore, the career choices were affected most by the desired length of the working week and financial security. The narrow majority (53%) of the recently graduated dentists believed that in 5 years they will be practice owner; 49% expected to be a differentiated dentist. Furthermore, 41% believed they will work in a smaller municipality. Discussion: Although recently graduated dentists seem receptive to work in smaller municipalities, the peripheral regions are conceivably less appealing. Practice ownership conceivably is an option for the near future for a narrow majority of the recently graduated dentists. Conclusion: Recently graduated dentists have different preferences regarding their work situation in 5 years.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)837-845
JournalEuropean journal of dental education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2021


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