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137:Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 in CODA-accredited Dental Schools[AAOM2021]
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Poster Title: 137:Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 in CODA-accredited Dental Schools[AAOM2021]
Submitted on 29 Mar 2021
Author(s): Kaitlin Shields Gotschalk, William Carter Grine, Iqueban Hasan, Gerard Camargo
Affiliations: ECU SoDM, United States of America
This poster was presented at 2021 American Academy of Oral Medicine Virtual Conference
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Abstract: During the COVID-19 pandemic, dentists continue to provide critical services. Dentistry represents a particularly ‘high risk’ profession due to COVID-19’s mechanism of transmission through respiratory droplets. Interpersonal interactions and the use of rotary drills and handpieces during regular dental procedures generate aerosols which could facilitate spread of the virus. Government mandates and health restrictions have limited the scope of dental practices, forcing providers to shift to emergency only care with the cessation of all elective and routine procedures. COVID-19 has further limited dental education as schools have a higher patient volume and such facilities limit the ability of individuals to physically distance from others. Following university guidelines, many dental schools closed, shifting to only emergency care. Pre-doctoral candidates have been severely limited in opportunities to fulfill graduation and licensure requirements. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, dental schools across the U.S. and Canada have made many modifications to their pre-doctoral curriculum and patient care experience, but modifications differ between schools. The primary objective of this study is to observe and describe the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on dental school education and curricula. A survey was distributed to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at each of the 78 accredited dental schools in the U.S. and Canada. Participants were asked to react to nine statements using a 5-point Likert scale. Chi-square analyses and summary statistics were used to analyze Likert scale responses. Results demonstrated that 96% of Academic Deans strongly agree COVID-19 has affected their dental school. Clinical and lab experiences have suffered, while the didactic experience has not been affected. Through collecting and analyzing the responses of accredited dental school administrators, this study aims to educate and connect dental schools with their fellow institutions. Recognizing the impact that COVID-19 has had on dental education will be a pivotal way to streamline curriculum changes, CODA requirements, and licensure examinations to continue training high-quality dentists.

Summary: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, dental schools across the U.S.
and Canada have made many modifications to their pre-doctoral curricula and patient care experience, but modifications differ between schools. With many schools opting to move curricula online, we are interested in determining how this will affect various aspects of dental school education.

Ask the author questions about this poster:gotschalkk18@students.ecu.edu
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2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Last reviewed on August 4, 2020. Guidance for Dental Settings. Retrieved from
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3. American Dental Education Association (ADEA). Last reviewed on May 15, 2020.Response of the Dental Education Community to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
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schools take proactive steps in response to coronavirus outbreak. Retrieved from
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