Table 1.

Frequencies/percentages of students and alumni who intended to/actually treated patients from different underserved patient groups

Students: In my future professional life
 Dentists: In my professional lifeDisagree*Neutral**Agree***pmean
The answers were given on a 5-point answer scale with 1 being “disagree strongly” and 5 being “agree strongly.”
*The frequencies of answers of the respondents who answered with “1” or “2” were summed up in the column “Disagree.”
**The frequencies of answers of the respondents who responded with “3” are presented in the column entitled “Neutral.”
***The frequencies of answers of the respondents who answered with “4” or “5” were summed up in the column entitled “Agree.”
I treat a diverse patient population.Students39
 12%106
 32.8%178
 55.1%.0003.57
Dentists58
 24.4%70
 30.6%101
 44.1%3.31
 (.005)
I treat patients from all socioeconomic backgrounds.Students34
 10.5%111
 34.4%178
 55.1%.0003.56
Dentists39
 17.3%51
 22.6%136
 60.2%3.64
 (.353)
I treat patients with disabilities.Students37
 11.4%136
 41.8%152
 46.8%.0003.45
Dentists54
 23.6%47
 20.5%128
 55.9%3.55
 (.230)
I treat underserved patients.Students42
 12.9%120
 37.0%162
 50.0%.0003.49
Dentists92
 40.5%51
 22.5%84
 37.0%3.06
 (.000)
I volunteer my services to underserved patients.Students18
 5.5%85
 26.2%222
 68.3%.0003.89
Dentists81
 36.0%49
 21.8%95
 42.2%3.09
 (.000)
I use my abilities to address community needs.Students15
 4.6%78
 24.0%232
 71.4%.0003.86
Dentists70
 30.9%73
 32.2%84
 37.1%3.05
 (.000)
I make a positive difference on public issues.Students16
 4.9%90
 27.7%219
 67.4%.0003.79
Dentists80
 35.3%77
 33.9%70
 30.8%2.93
 (.000)
I like opportunities to collaborate with people of diverse backgrounds and interests.Students14
 4.3%88
 27.1%223
 68.6%.0003.84
Dentists43
 18.7%67
 29.1%120
 52.2%3.47
 (.000)