Impact of COVID-19 on Dental Education – A Scope Review


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BMC Med Educ. Nov 20, 2021; 21 (1): 587. doi: 10.1186 / s12909-021-03017-8.


BACKGROUND: A new corona virus called COVID-19 and its outbreak has affected health systems in several ways. There have also been significant changes in dental education. This study summarizes the findings on dental education resulting from a review of the scope of COVID-19 and dentistry.

METHODS: First, a comprehensive search of five databases (Google Scholar, Medline via PubMed, Embase, Scopus and Cochrane Central) was conducted with the keywords: COVID-19 and its equivalent terms, dentistry, education , oral, students, curriculum, and academics. Articles related to oral health and COVID-19 were searched. Then the articles on the topic of dental education were reviewed and reviewed.

RESULTS: Of the 1,389 articles covering COVID-19 and dentistry, 135 articles were related to dental education and its relationship to COVID-19. Most of the articles in this area came from the United States, India and Saudi Arabia. Most of the articles were cross-sectional articles, followed by journal articles. Based on the review, the articles were divided into two main categories of changes and concerns, and opportunities and solutions. In addition, the following themes were extracted: quality and teaching-learning methods, study career and student preparation, infection control policies, theses, exams and assessments, financial and economic security, student mental health. and school staff, policies and programs, student and staff knowledge about COVID-19.

CONCLUSIONS: Dental education now faces great challenges, some of which have never been encountered before. On the other hand, the epidemic has also created opportunities for dental education. Most of these challenges and opportunities are the same all over the world, and the results of the present study can be a good help in overcoming the challenges ahead as well as a good reference for finding the right questions to answer in future studies. .

PMID:34801007 | DO I:10.1186 / s12909-021-03017-8


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