For the first time, the European associations of teachers (ADEE), students (EDSA) and dental regulators (FEDCAR) have joined forces to sign a joint declaration : the possibility to deliver a clinical training in times of pandemic is the concern that unites them.
As the Covid-19 disrupts the training of health professionals, and in particular the clinical training of dental students, studies are underway to learn about the state of education and the initiatives that universities have been able to take. The joint declaration details the current situation. It also asks that neither the “Europe of Health” or the soon expected “European Area of Education” be incantatory notions, but notions grounded in the practicalities of insuring the training of “safe beginners” in dentistry.
Since in its Communication on the European Education Area the Commission « is fully committed to achieving the European Education Area by 2025 and calls upon the other European institutions, Member States, the education and training community and all those for whom education matters, to join forces and rejuvenate together the power of education », the Academics, Regulators and Students answer this invitation.
They call indeed for adapting « the European Education Area’s ambition to the challenging situation », and « to ensure that sufficient resources and public interest are allocated to safeguard the high quality education of present and future generations of oral health professionals ».