Human Patient Simulation for Teaching Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office

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Reference, Multimedia 8259 1 February 17, 2011


We have prepared this information to help guide you in the process of incorporating Human Patient Simulation (HPS) into your dental/dental hygiene curricula. This guide focuses on the use of HPS in assessing students ability to manage a medical emergency. We conduct medical emergency scenarios as part of the curriculum in our dental hygiene program. The purpose of this presentation is to provide information for other faculty based on our experiences. You may use any of the templates provided in the Faculty Guide as long as appropriate credit is given. Feel free to contact either one of us with specific questions.


Bilich L, Bray B. Human Patient Simulation for Teaching Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office. MedEdPORTAL; 2011. Available from:

Educational Objectives

  1. To describe the benefits of utilizing human patient simulation (HPS) scenarios for medical emergencies encountered in the dental office.
  2. To explain how to integrate HPS into dental and/or allied dental curricula.
  3. To utilize template(s) provided to design appropriate dental human patient simulation scenario including de-briefing/ grading key.


  • Critical Thinking, Graduate Medical Education, Intro to Clinical Dentistry


  • Dental
    • Critical Thinking
    • Graduate Medical Education
    • Intro to Clinical Dentistry

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Medical Knowledge

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Professional Interest

  • Curriculum Development/Evaluation
  • Evaluation of Clinical Performance
  • Instructional Materials/Methods
  • Oral Health

Intended Audience

  • Professional & Faculty Development
  • Professional School
    • Dental Student

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Study
  • Simulation

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