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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 201-206

COVID-19 and dental education: A Malaysian perspective

Conservative Dentistry Unit, School of Dental Science, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kelantan, Malaysia

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Dr. Mohamad Syahrizal Halim
Conservative Dentistry Unit, School of Dental Science, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Health Campus, 16150 Kubang Kerian, Kelantan.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jioh.jioh_8_21

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Dental education in Malaysia has been struck badly by the novel SARS-CoV2 coronavirus (COVID-19). This has brought to a halt all teaching and learning activities, aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19, forcing students and lecturers to shift to online teaching and learning activities. However, dental education teaching and learning is unique in nature as it involves close contact with patients and aerosol-related procedures. This article discusses the challenges faced by the lecturers and students during this pandemic and offers some alternative strategies to bridge the gap in dental education during an unprecedented time. Although COVID-19 has ceased all clinical teaching and learning activities in most universities, it is imperative for the delivery of dental education to continue to ensure students are always engaged in learning activities. Although for many dental lecturers this change to online learning is a steep learning curve, they need to be fast learners, embrace the incorporation of technology into learning programs, and adapt to the new norms. They need to familiarize themselves with online learning to ensure that the course syllabus is covered comprehensively. For students, they must have the right mindset that this change is bound to exist until COVID-19 has been brought under control and lockdown is no more relevant.

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