Impact of COVID-19 on dental education in Iraq; Challenges and future implications

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Ammar NH Albujeer
Department of Community Oral Health, School of Dentistry, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; Nab’a Al-Hayat Foundation for Medical Sciences and Health Care, Najaf, Iraq.

DO I: https://doi.org/10.22317/jcms.v6i5.863

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As the coronavirus pandemic worsens, its disproportionate impacts affect all aspects of community and life. Dental schools and the dental profession have been on the front lines of these changes and bear much of this crisis. [1] These charges have added to dental education in Iraq in addition to its current challenges. [2,3] Until October 28, 2020, Iraq has recorded 463,951 cases and 10,770 people have died from the COVID-19[femininedont 2,3% des cas infectés et 6% des cas de décès étaient des dentistes. [4] On the WHO the recommendations along with this high mortality rate prompted decision makers from the Iraqi MOH and MOHESR to make the decisions to lock down and close dental schools nationwide in Iraq and to minimize the presence of dentists in public hospitals and dental centers at 25%, and only for emergency patients need since March 1, 2020. This decision affected 5th cycle students who had already graduated in September 2020 to undergo sufficient clinical training and patient care, while the success online learning cover the theoretical teaching sessions well. As it is impossible to guarantee the end of this pandemic and it will pose a real threat to the skills and knowledge of the newly graduated dentist to manage patients, policy makers must modify the dental training curriculum in Iraq and add the (maintenance exit) for all graduate students. who would do a needs assessment for the actual need, and design a crash course for them on their needs which would help dental schools and educators ensure the dental training quality assurance. This crash course might look like the General Practice Residency (GPR) which is accredited in the United States. [5] This model could be considered in other affected countries that have the same containment and closure policy as Iraq.

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  1. Machado, RA, Bonan, PRF, Perez, DEDC and MartelliJÚnior, H., 2020. COVID-19 pandemic and impact on dental education: discussing current and future perspectives. Brazilian oral research, 34.
  2. Khoshnevisan, MH, Albujeer, AN, Taher, AA and Almahafdha, A., 2017. Dental education in Iraq: issues, challenges and future. Journal of Contemporary Medical Sciences, 3(11), pp.260-263.
  3. Albujeer, AN, Khami, MR and Almahafdha, A., 2020. Private Dental Schools in Iraq: A Real Threat to the Dental Profession. Iranian Journal of Public Health, 49(1), pp.201-202
  4. COVID-19 statistics, 2020; Ministry of Health, Iraq.
  5. Lau, A., Dodson, TB, Sonis, ST, & Kaban, LB, 2015. A 40-year outcome study of general dental residency graduates. Journal of Dental Education, 79(8), pp.888-896.

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Impact of COVID-19 on dental education in Iraq; Challenges and future implications

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As the coronavirus pandemic worsens, its disproportionate impacts affect all aspects of community and life. Dental schools and the dental profession have been on the front lines of these changes and bear much of this crisis.

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