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Degree Name

Master of Science


Pediatric Dentistry

First Advisor

Dr. Tegwyn H. Brickhouse


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess if the topic of eating disorders is a part of post-graduate pediatric dental residency training curriculum. This study examined if there is a need for increased training of pediatric dental residents regarding the oral manifestations and treatment of patients with eating disorders.Methods: A cross-sectional online survey was used to compare data from all 66 post-graduate pediatric dental residency program directors. After thirty days a second emailing was conducted, with an additional thirty days to reply. Univariate distributions were obtained and percents for all items were based on the total number of respondents. The university-based programs and the hospital-based programs were compared and analyzed using chi-square analysis based on their percentages. Results: University-based programs were significantly less likely to offer curriculum on anorexia nervosa than hospital-based programs (13% versus 50%, pConclusion: An increase of clinically applicable eating disorder curriculum in post-graduate pediatric training is needed to enable residents to be more knowledgeable and effective practitioners.


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Date of Submission

June 2008