Audio Enhanced Video-Assisted Clinical Instruction to Teach Dental Alveolar Surgery

The long-term goal of this proposal is to incorporate the use of live and archived Audio-Enhanced Video-Assisted Clinical Instruction (AE-VACI) first in the education of dental students in basic dental surgery and then in increasingly complex surgical techniques. AE-VACI is carefully scripted and edited high definition close-up videos of live patient procedures with voice-over descriptions of the procedure.

The aim of this study is to examine the impact on students’ learning and anxiety through the application of AE-VACI to enhance their visualization and understanding of clinical oral surgery procedures utilizing a state of the art headlight and camera system. We will use as our test system the training of dental students to use dental elevators to loosen a tooth during tooth extraction; a core skill most students struggle to learn. Our end goal is to establish a level of competency for accreditation prior to graduation utilizing AE-VACI as part of the evaluation process. Our long-term vision is to develop a virtual reality model for dental alveolar procedures that could be synergistic with AE-VACI.

Project Team:

Christos Skouteris, Clinical Assistant Professor, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry
Stephen Feinberg, Professor & Associate Chair of Research, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry
Daniel Bruell, Director, Digital Learning Services, School of Dentistry
Lynn Johnson, Professor & Assistant Dean for Informatics & Innovation, School of Dentistry