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Digital Undergraduate Education in Dentistry: A Systematic Review

Department of Reconstructive Dentistry, University Center for Dental Medicine Basel, University of Basel, 4058 Basel, Switzerland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(9), 3269; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093269
Received: 23 March 2020 / Revised: 28 April 2020 / Accepted: 2 May 2020 / Published: 7 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Big Data in Dental Research and Oral Healthcare)
The aim of this systematic review was to investigate current penetration and educational quality enhancements from digitalization in the dental curriculum. Using a modified PICO strategy, the literature was searched using PubMed supplemented with a manual search to identify English-language articles published between 1994 and 2020 that reported the use of digital techniques in dental education. A total of 211 articles were identified by electronic search, of which 55 articles were selected for inclusion and supplemented with 27 additional publications retrieved by manual search, resulting in 82 studies that were included in the review. Publications were categorized into five areas of digital dental education: Web-based knowledge transfer and e-learning, digital surface mapping, dental simulator motor skills (including intraoral optical scanning), digital radiography, and surveys related to the penetration and acceptance of digital education. This review demonstrates that digitalization offers great potential to revolutionize dental education to help prepare future dentists for their daily practice. More interactive and intuitive e-learning possibilities will arise to stimulate an enjoyable and meaningful educational experience with 24/7 facilities. Augmented and virtual reality technology will likely play a dominant role in the future of dental education. View Full-Text
Keywords: dental education; digital dentistry; augmented reality (AR); virtual reality (VR) dental education; digital dentistry; augmented reality (AR); virtual reality (VR)
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Zitzmann, N.U.; Matthisson, L.; Ohla, H.; Joda, T. Digital Undergraduate Education in Dentistry: A Systematic Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3269. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093269

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Zitzmann NU, Matthisson L, Ohla H, Joda T. Digital Undergraduate Education in Dentistry: A Systematic Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(9):3269. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093269

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Zitzmann, Nicola U., Lea Matthisson, Harald Ohla, and Tim Joda. 2020. "Digital Undergraduate Education in Dentistry: A Systematic Review" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 9: 3269. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093269

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