Impact of COVID-19 on dental education in the United States

Parvati Iyer*, Kalid Aziz, David M. Ojcius

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Dental institutions in the United States are reeling from the consequences of the novel SARS-CoV2 coronavirus, the causative agent of CODIV-19. As oral health care providers, we have been trained on prevention of aerosol transmissible diseases, but we are still grappling with many unknown factors regarding COVID-19. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Dental Association (ADA), and local state agencies are releasing updates on guidelines for dentists and patients, no official information exists for dental institutions on how to effectively follow the recommended guidelines including “shelter in place” with social distancing to protect students, faculty, staff, and patients, and still ensure continuity of dental education. This article discusses the challenges that we face currently and offers some simple strategies to bridge the gaps in dental education to overcome this emergency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)718-722
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Dental Education
Issue number6
StatePublished - 01 06 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • COVID-19
  • coronavirus
  • dental education
  • e-learning
  • education technology
  • online learning
  • oral health
  • pandemic


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