Parallel endodontic education via social media: An exploratory survey study

Shehabeldin Mohamed Saber Prof.Dr., The British University in Egypt


There is insufficient research to evaluate social media's influence on endodontic education. Therefore, this study assessed the percentage of students utilising Facebook in their education and the factors influencing their engagement. A survey was conducted on dental students, interns and dentists undertaking specialist programmes. Categorical data were analysed using Fisher's Exact test and multiple pairwise comparisons. The significance level was set at p < 0.05. Responses were received from 801 participants, with 98.4% using Facebook for endodontic knowledge. Although most students knew that scientific evidence is not always provided, they still deemed such information valuable as it was a practical demonstration of clinical cases. Most students turn to Facebook for endodontic education to compensate for the gap between their academic education and clinical practice. The utilisation of social media for education can be a concerning phenomenon and should not be ignored by academic institutes.