Human Patient Simulation for Teaching Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office

Publication ID Published Volume
8259 February 17, 2011 7


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. Results included positive feedback from two cohorts of dental hygiene students who have completed the medical emergencies in the dental office simulation as a required part of their curriculum. Students report improved confidence and knowledge of medical emergencies.


Bilich L, Bray B. Human patient simulation for teaching medical emergencies in the dental office. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2011;7:8259.

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

Prior Scholarly Dissemination


  1. Material originally presented at the ADEA Annual Session, Washington DC, March 1st, 2010.

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