Article: Volume 47 Number 6 Page 527 - June 2020

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  Dent Update 2020; 47: 527-528

Dental Education:  The Impact of COVID-19 on Dental Education and Training

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Abstract: COVID-19 has had a huge impact on dentistry. Dental care professionals work in close proximity with patients, they are therefore at high risk of contracting coronavirus. As of 25th March, all routine dentistry was postponed. The pandemic has led to clinic closures, university closures and postponement of exams and interviews. This has resulted in a deficit in clinical exposure for undergraduates and trainees. Changes in examination format have been implemented to prevent delays in course completions. The GDC have reassured that measures are being put in place to reduce the effect of COVID-19 on training.

Clinical relevance: This article aims to explore the impact of SARS-CoV-2 on dental education and dental training programmes in the UK.

Author notes: Faye Doughty, BDS, Foundation Dentist, Liverpool Scheme and Catherine Moshkun, BDS, MFDS, RCPS(Glasg), PGCert, Specialty Dentist in Oral Surgery, University Dental Hospital of Manchester, Higher Cambridge Street, Manchester M15 6FH, UK.

Objective: To explore the impact of SARS-CoV-2 on dental education and training.

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