Resuming clinical teaching in the era of COVID-19: Experiences and protocols from a dental school in Malaysia

Hussin, Mohd Zamri and Farook, Mohideen Salihu and Nor, Nor Azlida Mohd and Hariri, Firdaus and Kadir, Kathreena and Zakaria, Nor Nadia and Hassan, Muhammad Kamil and Hassan, Wan Nurazreena Wan (2021) Resuming clinical teaching in the era of COVID-19: Experiences and protocols from a dental school in Malaysia. Sains Malaysiana, 50 (7). pp. 2123-2134. ISSN 0126-6039, DOI

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The rapid spread of the global pandemic COVID-19 had challenged the Malaysian Healthcare and Education Systems. Teaching and learning at dental schools across the country were drastically changed to online approach as the nation enforced Movement Control Order (MCO). However, translation of psychomotor skills still require hands-on approach to produce competent dentists upon graduation, but most dental schools were not prepared for the prevention of COVID-19 transmission that require more strict cross infection protocol. The aim of this paper was to describe the response by a dental school in Malaysia to COVID-19 in modifying the clinical teaching and learning, infrastructure, facilities, and clinical services, and enhancing the infection control protocol through risk assessment of COVID-19 transmission and prevention strategies. The paper also discusses the limitations of our approach, challenges in providing clinical services and supervision as well as implications of changes to our practice. In conclusion, COVID-19 has modified the delivery and implementation of clinical teaching and learning in Malaysia. However, within the limited fund and resources, dental teaching institutions need to adapt to the new normal clinical environment in order to ensure that dentals students graduate on time with sufficient clinical training.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Universiti Malaya COVID-19 Related Special Research Grant [Grant No: CSRG001-2020ST]
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19; Dental Teaching Institutions; New norm; Teaching and learning
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Dentistry
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2022 07:06
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2022 07:06

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