Assessing the Demand and Preferred Format of a Student Leadership Development Program at Pacific
Journal of Dental Education
Dental students are future leaders of health care and the dental profession. The purpose of this study was to assess the interest in leadership development programs at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and compare the results with similar studies. In April 2010, two surveys were administered. Of the 462 students enrolled, 58 percent completed the survey. Of the eighty-one faculty members and administrators who attended the Spring Faculty Development Day, 85 percent completed the survey. This study confirmed claims that students find it most effective to learn leadership from mentors. Over 80 percent of the student respondents indicated that faculty mentorship would be the most beneficial aspect of a leadership development program. Sixty-two percent of the faculty respondents said they would serve as mentors. Following mentorship, small-group discussion (74 percent), public speaking (56 percent), dental society member mentorship (40 percent), panel discussions (39 percent), community outreach (39 percent), and capstone project (13 percent) followed in popularity. This study established a foundation to develop a pilot for the Dugoni Practical Leadership Initiative at Pacific based on the preferences of the participants in this survey. With more data and longitudinal studies, we will assess how these programs translate to leadership in dental school and after graduation.
Hammer, D. A.,
Nadershahi, N. A.
Assessing the Demand and Preferred Format of a Student Leadership Development Program at Pacific.
Journal of Dental Education, 75(8), 1044–1052.