The future of simulation training has arrived at Schulich Dentistry. The new Simulation Laboratory opened its doors to first- and second-year students in 2016, replacing the older clinic constructed in 1968. The Laboratory is equipped with the latest teaching and dental technology, and allows for enhanced training opportunities. The renovation took more than a year to complete, and included a move to a completely different location. Get an up-close look at the new space and learn more about its advanced features.
Sixty hybrid work stations allow for simulation training and benchtop exercises. Each station features a patient simulator, an individual monitor linked to the lab’s audio-visual system and LED lighting. The Laboratory also contains student lockers for convenient storage.
The instructor work station significantly enhances teaching capabilities. It features several advanced tools, including a dental light camera, operating microscope and document camera. This state-of-the-art visual technology delivers examples via live-feed video directly to student work stations.
Each work station provides bench space for practising technical procedures, such as setting teeth for dentures or waxing teeth for occlusion. The stations are equipped with dust extractors to minimize dust and promote better air quality.
Teaching materials are broadcast from the instructor’s work station to individual monitors, delivering up-close views of information, slides, diagrams and procedures.
Students refine their practical skills using the new patient simulators. Different typodonts enable learning for specific sub-disciplines such as restorative dentistry and endodontics.
There are three digital x-ray capture stations in the Laboratory. The radiation-proof cabinets are attached to digital sensors through a computer acquisition program. Students can take radiographs of teeth and display the images on their individual monitors. There are also measurement, colourization and contrast tools available.
The wet lab facilities provide space for pouring impressions and for mounting and trimming stone models.