Simulation Clinic at U of M School
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry is preparing for the grand opening
of a $9.5 million state-of-
the-art simulation clinic filled with “new, unique, and interactive technology
that will make the University of Minnesota home to one of the newest and most
advanced dental education facilities in the country,” according to an October
24 University press release.
technology will help preclinical dental students develop eye/hand coordination,
manual dexterity skills, and learn techniques and procedures they will need to
treat patients, all without having actual dental patients present. With its
students learning faster, better, and with greater precision and accuracy, the
lab, says the U, “has the potential to revolutionize the way dental students
11,200 square foot clinic will contain equipment that exists in combination at
no other Big Ten dental school: 100 patient simulators with realistic oral
cavities, flexible cheeks, and full complements of teeth; modern operatory
equipment; flat-screen monitors; technology room; wet lab; and 20
virtual-reality-based advanced student stations equipped with life-like
mannequins, computers, cameras, and LED-tracked drills, the latter which
measure a student’s tooth preparation in tenths of a millimeter.
equipment has made us reevaluate the way we educate dental students,” said the
School’s dean, Patrick Lloyd.
virtual tour of the facility is available at http://www.dentistry.umn.edu.