ADA asks dental professionals to submit personal experiences for COVID-19 archive

The American Dental Association is calling upon dental professionals to contribute to its detailed study of the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on the industry by submitting reflective items that capture their experiences and emotions surrounding the pandemic.

The Journal of the ADA COVID-19 Monograph seeks to include insight from dentists, dental students, academics, dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental office staff and patients to archive the community's experience during the pandemic. Submissions may include research, journal entries, creative writing, photographs, visual art, music, podcasts, videos and social media posts.

"I think it is a great idea to create an archive of how dentistry, in general, managed to deal with, cope with and, ultimately, get through this COVID-19 event," Scott Swank, DDS, who will edit the monograph, said in a Nov. 16 news release. "I am excited to be a part of collecting and preserving the history of how COVID-19 affected dentistry. We are already receiving interesting material from people with stories to tell. Hopefully this monograph will prove invaluable in 100 years for allowing future generations to understand how we persevered during the COVID-19 crisis."

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