Effectiveness of simulation training and learning in first-year Doctor of Dental Surgery students at the Melbourne Dental School
Dr Anu Polster and Dr Kwang Meng Cham
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
This presentation provides an overview of the effectiveness of the use of simulation training: Simodont Dental Haptic Trainers (SDHT) for first-year Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) students at the University of Melbourne. 99 participants attended a lecture, were provided instructional notes and a video link prior to attending the study and were divided into two groups: Group 1 (n = 50) trained with the SDHT, whereas Group 2 (n = 49) used standard dental blocks (DB). Both groups undertook a 45-minute theoretical and manual dexterity assessment session to establish baseline competencies. Sessions were allocated over four weeks for students to practice in their assigned training environment. Assessments were conducted on both groups under both training conditions. Student-perceived proficiency and confidence were evaluated pre and post-study.
Preliminary findings suggest that incorporating SDHT into the curriculum may enhance the preclinical training of dentistry students and may improve the delivery and structure of the curriculum. Students in Group 1 (SDHT) reported a perceived 20-30% increase in confidence and proficiency with their clinical skills post-training. 100% of the students found that the feedback was useful and would change the way they perform the technique. 90% of the students felt that simulation would improve their visual and motor skills and should be incorporated into future training programs.
This Zoom presentation was part of the Melbourne CSHE Teaching and Learning Conference 2021 held on Tuesday 1 June 2021.