Original Publication
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Advanced Simulation Clinic Orientation

Published: July 27, 2010 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.8235

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  • explore
  • imgs
  • practice
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DentSim is an interactive multimedia learning environment used for dental training and practice. The training program combines a virtual and clinical environment to provide a case history, patient, online instructor, visual tracking of the procedure, and real-time feedback and evaluation of the procedures performed. Problem-oriented learning is followed by detailed and objective feedback and allows students to progress at their own pace towards optimal performance.

This learning module will review what DentSim is and how it helps students learn faster. Then, it will cover ergonomics and how to avoid work-related injuries. Next, it will show the student how to use the software to complete a preparation assignment. Finally, the module will show the student how to clean up the workstation so it is ready for the next student.

This web-based tutorial is being used by 100 first year dental students every fall semester prior to entering the Advanced Simulation Clinic. It has proven to be effective at decreasing the students dependence on faculty when beginning and while advancing through an introductory operative course.

Educational Objectives

  1. To be able to enter the Advanced Simulation Clinic ready to use the facility, hardware, and software.
  2. To be able to explain how the facility will help you develop psychomotor skills, critical thinking abilities, and problem-solving skills.

Author Information

  • Heather Conrad, DMD, MS, FACP, FRCD(C): University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
  • Judith Buchanan, PhD, DMD: University of Minnesota
  • Alexander Welk, DDS, PhD: University of Greifswald

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Conrad H, Buchanan J, Welk A. Advanced simulation clinic orientation. MedEdPORTAL. 2010;6:8235. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.8235