Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
N Z Dent J. 2008 Sep;104(3):97-103.

A qualitative investigation of the experiences of immigrant dentists working in New Zealand.

Author information

  • 1katie.ayers@mac.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine the nature of problems experienced by overseas-trained dentists settling in New Zealand (NZ), and to ascertain what can be done to improve their experiences.

DESIGN:

Qualitative study using semi-structured interviews.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS:

A convenience sample of fourteen overseas-qualified dentists was selected and individuals invited to participate in a semi-structured interview. Each interview was audiotaped, transcribed and analysed in order to identify key patterns and themes.

RESULTS:

Those who were required to sit the New Zealand Dental Registration Examination (NZDREX) found it very challenging, with the majority requiring more than one attempt. Most interviewees had moved to NZ for an improved quality of life and had settled well into dental practice. However, some reported that they had experienced significant difficulties. These primarily related to financial issues, employment issues, being accepted into the profession, and establishing suitable peer contact. The dentists considered that the Dental Council and the NZDA were very helpful, but that there was a need for clearer information about the content of the NZDREX examinations, and a peer support network for immigrant dentists.

CONCLUSIONS:

Improved support for immigrant dentists would aid their transition into general practice in this country.

PMID:
18980050
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk