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The need for and use of three-dimensional simulations and animations in dental education

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 12:30 to 13:30
Paulina Poblete Pacheco
Clinical Skills Centre, Ninewells Hospital

Abstract: Dentistry is a profession in which high standards of student instruction are required, considering that such students will practice directly on humans. In recent years, changes in how dental education is delivered have been recorded in the literature; one such change is the inclusion of new three dimensional learning resources. However, the rationale behind the construction of many of these resources is poorly justified. Additionally, the needs of dentals students to learn with 3D animations and how these 3D technological resources help them tackle their learning difficulties is not clearly presented in the literature. The overall objectives of the project are to assess the need for, to design, and to evaluate the use of on-line learning resources containing three-dimensional simulations and animations in dental education. The working hypothesis is that the use of on-line resources containing three-dimensional simulations and animations will facilitate the learning of dental students. Four stages have been proposed using a mixed method approach. The first stage aims to identify the structures, functions, skills or concepts which would benefit dental students from a 3D delivery format. Then a feasibility study will be carried out to identify the most suitable topic for the construction of 3D learning resources. This information will lead to the construction of 3D learning resources and the final stage will evaluate its use. In the following seminar an overview of Stages 1, 2 and 3 will be presented. There will also be an opportunity to interact with one of the newly created resources.

Biography:  Paulina Poblete: PhD (c) Dental Education, MSc in Prosthodontics, University of Dundee. BDS. Paulina is a PhD candidate at the University of Dundee with joint supervision from the Dundee Dental School and the Centre for Medical Education. Paulina’s background is mainly in clinical dentistry but recently she completed her Certificate in Medical Education. She graduated as a dentist from the University of San Sebastian, Concepcion-Chile. She was funded by the Chilean government to pursue her Master Degree in Prosthodontics at the University of Dundee. After graduating she was awarded a full scholarship from the Chilean Government to continue her PhD studies. The main focus of her research is the use and efficiency of three-dimensional technology for education in medical education and dental education, in particular focusing on the use of three-dimensional animations and digital simulations. Paulina is also interested in currents trends in Dental Education that enhance the training of new dentists and improve patients’ experience.