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Impact of COVID-19 on Dental Education in Rajasthan: Online Survey

Shrishti Shukla, Ashwini B Prasad, Deepak Raisingani, Harshit Srivastava, Rimjhim Jain, Aarushi Chopra

Keywords : Coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, Dental colleges, Dental education, Digital learning, Online exams

Citation Information : Shukla S, Prasad AB, Raisingani D, Srivastava H, Jain R, Chopra A. Impact of COVID-19 on Dental Education in Rajasthan: Online Survey. J Mahatma Gandhi Univ Med Sci Tech 2022; 7 (2):44-49.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10057-0205

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 27-02-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Aim: The purpose of this survey is to assess the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on dental education in the state of Rajasthan. Materials and methods: An online questionnaire was circulated through Google forms for a period of about 3 months to both the postgraduate (PG) and undergraduate (UG) dental students of Mahatma Gandhi Dental College & Hospital, and the chain referral sampling method was followed to recruit more participants in this survey. The dental students participated in the study via the internet. Results: Among the 302 students that participated, 60.3% participants were females, 39.7% were males, 38.1% participants were PG students, and 61.9% were UG students. Female participants (74.2%) had greater difficulty in selecting the webinars than male participants (67.5%) (p = 0.028). The physical health of female participants was more impacted than males (p = 0.014). PG students are in more dilemma in choosing the webinars than UG students (p = 0.033). The UG students (31.6%) agreed more with the statement that the online exams/assessments were effective compared to PG students (23.5%) (p = 0.020). Conclusion: There is an indication that the students have been negatively affected by the pandemic. The shift to online learning is not greatly accepted by most of them, whereas some have adapted to the transient use of technology in the curriculum. In addition, one of the majorly impacted areas is the underdevelopment of their hands on skills.

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