Digital Undergraduate Education in Dentistry: A Systematic Review

Resource type
Journal Article
Authors/contributors
Title
Digital Undergraduate Education in Dentistry: A Systematic Review
Abstract
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.
Publication
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume
17
Issue
9
Pages
3269
Date
2020/1
Language
en
ISSN
1660-4601
Short Title
Digital Undergraduate Education in Dentistry
Accessed
05/04/2022, 20:30
Library Catalog
Extra
Number: 9 Publisher: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Citation
Zitzmann, N. U., Matthisson, L., Ohla, H., & Joda, T. (2020). Digital Undergraduate Education in Dentistry: A Systematic Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(9), 3269. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093269