CONDENSED COURSES MODEL FOR DENTAL UNDERGRADUATES DURING COVID – 19 PANDEMIC
Global pandemic situation of coronavirus demands modification in the existing mode of teaching within dental institutes. A blended combination of online teaching along with well-planned condensed courses for dental undergraduate students can be helpful during COVID-19 era of social distancing. The aim of such proposals is to assist dental institutes in finding practical solutions for teaching manual skills. Biphasic course program is presented for 75 students per final year. Student centered, self-directed and problem solving learning approaches are presented for maximum involvement of students. Focused teaching in small groups on core skills and work-based assessment are incorporated. Deficiencies identified from feedback and program evaluation can be accommodated in second phase. Such feasible proposal planned according to the existing facilities of accredited institutes may be helpful in refining competencies of dental graduates during multiple stages of coronavirus pandemic.