Effect of COVID-19 on Dental Education: A Review

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Cureus. 2022 Apr 25;14(4):e24455. doi: 10.7759/cureus.24455. eCollection 2022 Apr.

ABSTRACT

Corona virus disease (COVID-19) has become a pandemic and a real threat to healthcare professionals. This has affected dental professionals in education, research and practice. This article aimed to examine the impact and burden of the COVID-19 outbreaks on dental education and research by country and how this affected the three domains of learning – cognitive domain, psychomotor domain and affective domain. A review was designed to identify the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on dental education. A literature search was performed using PubMed, Scopus and Google Scholar databases. Studies in which teaching methods by virtual means were described and how they affected dental education during the pandemic worldwide were included. The search terms selected to search the literature were dental education, COVID-19, dental schools and dentistry. COVID-19 has caused a significant change in overall dental education in all countries. It has affected dental education both negatively and positively. The pandemic has caused disruptions in learning leading to psychological distress. Even though many students preferred online learning, the majority of them found learning in online mode a challenge. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all dental schools to change their traditional teaching mode to an alternative teaching mode to adapt to this current pandemic situation all over the world. This has had a lasting impact on dental education, research and practice. Dental institutes must be well prepared to deal with this pandemic by investing in educational software so that it leads to evolution and advancement in the areas of virtual teaching mode, research and training preclinical.

PMID:35651455 | PMC: PMC9132743 | DOI:10.7759/cureus.24455

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