Education

The COVID-19 pandemic created an ecological problem for education programs at every level in the US. These closures were particularly difficult for health professions education programs that require clinical practicums and examinations in order to meet accreditation standards and requirements for student graduations. The following resources help to understand dental school and state accommodations to adjust requirements, such as the live patient exam, so as not to interrupt the pipeline for new professionals and to enable clinical practice by graduating students during a time of crisis.

(11/05/2020) Knowledge of dental academics about the COVID-19 pandemic: a multi-country online survey
BMC Medical Education publishes an article revealing the results of a multi-country survey conducted on the knowledge of dental academics about the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 2,045 dental professionals spanning over 25 countries participated in the survey, including 175 US dental educators, dental students and dentists.

(10/30/2020) A virtual community health field project during the COVID‐19 pandemic
Journal of Dental Education publishes an article describing the efforts of dental educators at University of the Pacific in introducing a new virtual community health project to promote dental public health education amidst COVID-19 pandemic. Students participate in a flipped-classroom, team-based learning environment discussing topics such as community health and dental care access for underserved populations.

(10/15/20) ADEA, Henry Schein, and FEMA Join Forces on Mask Donation for US Dental Schools and Programs
ADEA, Henry Schein, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) create an initiative to distribute more than 3 million KN95 masks to dental schools and allied dental education programs to be used for patient care amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

(10/14/20) National Board Guides
ADA’s Department of Testing Services (DTS), on behalf of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE), the ADA Board of Trustees, the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure (CDEL), and the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO), provides 2020 National Board Guides amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

(10/09/20) Rising to the Challenge: Dental Schools Join the Fight Against COVID-19
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The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) describes ways dental schools have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples include collaboration between University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM) and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to create a 12-person ventilator.

(10/06/2020) UCLA Dentistry Receives Funding to Develop a Saliva-based COVID-19 Infection and Antibody Test
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Dentistry announces a grant award from National Institute of Health’s Rapid Accelerated Diagnostic (RADx) initiative for developing a newer and more effective saliva-based COVID-19 infection and antibody test. UCLA School of Dentistry collaborates with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA to develop this new technology amidst COVID-19 pandemic.

(09/21/20) Dental School Post COVID-19 
The Academy of General Dentistry interviews the dental community regarding the dental school experience during a pandemic. University dental students describe COVID-19 screening protocols and clinic changes. Faculty from various university dental programs describe their biggest challenges. 

(09/18/20) Health Department of DC—Notice of Emergency and Proposed Rulemaking Accepting Nonpatient-based Examinations and Waiving Live Continuing Education Requirements for Dentists
The District of Columbia Department of Health introduces emergency adoption of nonpatient-based dental licensure examination and approved online course completion to fulfill continued dental education requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

(08/03/20) A Pandemic Resource Guide for Dental Education
ADEA creates a resource guide for dental education. Topics include: Risk and Crisis Management in Higher Education; Academic Advisement Resources; Admissions and Enrollment Management; Career Services; Community College Resources; Financial Aid Resources; Interprofessional Teaching, Learning and Research; Student Testing Services, Well-being Resiliency; CDC and Prevention Resources; and Medicaid Clinical Resources.

(07/29/20) Where Are We Now? Reflecting on COVID-19 and Its Impact on Dental Education
ADEA presents a webinar panel of deans and faculty members from University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine, and Texas A&M College of Dentistry. They each offer insight into the changes that are working for them at their respective schools. Discussion covers best practices for virtual learning, including introductions of virtual clinic curriculum and competency assessments, virtual preclinical endodontics modules, and virtual exam proctoring.

(07/26/20) The COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for Dental Education
A narrative reporting the changes adapted in dental schools in response to the pandemic. Challenges and proposed solutions are included regarding topics such as safety of students/faculty/staff, continuity and quality of dental education, and keeping up with guidance.

(07/24/20) ICE Continues March Guidance for Fall School Term
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issues guidance for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). Over 1-million nonimmigrant students pursuing education in the US are impacted as March 2020 guidance states that new or initial nonimmigrant student status after March 9 will not be able to enter the US to enroll in a US school for the fall term to pursue a full course of study that is 100 percent online.

(06/11/20) Virtual Exam Proctoring
The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) presents a webinar panel of faculty from University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, Texas A&M College of Dentistry, and Cabrillo College Dental Hygiene Program discussing concerns when hosting exams during virtual learning. Topics discussed includes exam proctoring software, proctoring instructions and format, training for faculty, and key call outs of their respective experiences.

(06/03/20) COVID-19 Updates
The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry informs the dental community about changes in exam dates and process changes regarding the qualifying examination and oral clinical examination due to COVID-19. Changes to the qualifying examination include 2 different delivery options including live online proctoring (LOP) and Scantron Network of Testing Centers.

(XX/XX/XX) Virtual Clinic Curriculum and Competency Assessments (Part One)
The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) hosts a webinar with faculty from University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (Penn Dental Medicine) to discuss changes to clinic curriculum and competency assessments amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics covered include a timeline of planning for clinic closures, platforms used to host class and assessments, and changes to the clinical and specialty rotation curriculum to adapt to the new virtual learning environment.

(XX/XX/XX) National Board Dental Examinations
ADA informs members regarding updates for applying and taking the National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE). The deadline to apply for Part I of NBDE is December 15, 2020.