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NLS 2020 – Restarting Dental Education During COVID-19

Dr. Howard Strassler, Dr. Nisha Ganesh, Dr. Patricia Meehan

Over the last six months, the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc in almost every area of professional life, and dental education is no exception. With Universities all over the world forced to shut their doors in mid-march, students, educators and administrators have been left to grapple with reimagined curricula based on social distancing, online coursework, and remote assessments.

In this fourth installment of the Northern Lights Symposium 2020, Dr. Howard Strassler, Professor in Operative Dentistry at the University of Maryland, walks through the disruption and re-planning of an entire academic year. Dr. Strassler outlines the limitations of remote learning, the challenge of adhering to guidelines from the Commission on Dental Accreditation, and the planning of alternative clinical competency exams. He also outlines new infection control protocols in place at the school, and looks ahead to the challenges for the class of 2021.

We hope you find the conversation useful. We welcome your thoughts, questions and/or suggestions about this post and other topics. Leave a comment in the box below or send us your feedback by email.

Until next time!
CDA Oasis Team

On The Northern Lights Symposium

The Northern Lights Symposium (NLS) is an international dental gathering focussed on the sciences and research in dental materials. The symposium was founded by Dr. Richard Price, Professor in the Department of Dental Clinical Sciences at Dalhousie University.

Since 2012, experts in dental restorative materials from North and South America, Australasia, the Middle East, and  Europe have been convening at Dalhousie University, Halifax, to discuss advances in dental restorative materials and light curing technology.

This year, due to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Northern Lights Symposium successfully pivoted to a 3-day online format, featuring six diverse presentations on cutting-edge topics:

Full Presentation (44.55")

Session 2 Discussion (10.58")

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