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Title: COVID-19 : ensuring safe clinical teaching at university optometry schools
Authors: Jonuscheit, S
Lam, AKC 
Schmid, KL
Flanagan, J
Martin, R
Troilo, D
Issue Date: Jan-2021
Source: Ophthalmic and physiological optics, Jan. 2021, v. 41, no. 1, p. 144-156
Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has been spreading across the globe for several months. The nature of the virus (SARS-CoV-2) with easy person-to-person transmissions and the severe clinical course observed in some people necessitated unprecedented modifications of everyday social interactions. These included the temporary suspension of considerable elements of clinical teaching at optometry schools worldwide. This article describes the challenges optometry schools were facing in early to mid 2020. The paper highlights the experiences of six universities in five countries on four continents. Strategies to minimise the risk of virus transmission, to ensure safe clinical optometric teaching and how to overcome the challenges presented by COVID-19 are described. An outlook on opportunities to further improve optometric education is provided.
Keywords: Clinical teaching
Higher education
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Journal: Ophthalmic and physiological optics 
ISSN: 0275-5408
EISSN: 1475-1313
DOI: 10.1111/opo.12764
Rights: © 2020 The Authors Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics © 2020 The College of Optometrists
This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Jonuscheit, S, Lam, AKC, Schmid, KL, Flanagan, J, Martin, R, & Troilo, D. COVID‐19: ensuring safe clinical teaching at university optometry schools. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 2020; 41: 144– 156, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
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