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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 97-102

The impact of COVID-19 on dental research in educational settings: What are the opportunities?

1 Department of Orthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Ibn Sina University, Khartoum, Sudan
2 Department of Orthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah; Board member of the Saudi Society of Medical Education, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mustafa Elhussein
Faculty of Dentistry, Ibn Sina University, Khartoum, Sudan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jmau.jmau_119_20

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The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted dental education and research activities, creating challenges for students, educators, and health-care professionals. The unfolding crisis has shed the light on how technology can facilitate not only the delivery of dental education and improving access to dental care but also new and ongoing research. While dental schools worldwide have re-structured their policies and curricula in terms of incorporating appropriate methods of distance learning, this now needs to be applied to dental research where appropriate. By conducting a “strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats” analysis and describing the authors' experiences, here we discuss the impact of the pandemic on various aspects of dental research to provide a timely perspective on dental research activity in academic institutions to help achieve research outcomes despite the pandemic's impact.

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