About the Sydney Dental School Simulation Centre

3 July 2024

The University of Sydney Dental School recently bolstered its dentistry learning experience with $9.4 million investment in new simulation facilities.

This new simulation clinic continues Sydney’s 120+ year tradition of producing dental professionals at all levels, including oral health therapists, dentists, and dental specialists. The environment mimics every aspect of a contemporary dental office—from instruments to handpieces to the positioning of the dentist and the (plastic) patient—which is the best preparation for real practice.

University of Sydney dental school
Sydney dentistry students at work

The $9.4m investment located within the Sydney Dental School’s Bligh Building, and serves to enhance Australia’s existing dental workforce. It includes a dedicated XR training and CAD planning rooms; upgraded milling/printing and oven rooms; a CBCT 3D x-ray unit; nine intraoral x-ray units and seven Vistascan scanners; and two Leica Scope microscopes and 61 dental simulation units.

Benefits of simulation-based learning
Dental simulation training is the cornerstone of dental education which prepares graduates for the dental workforce. As a Sydney dental student, 50 percent of your hands-on time will be spent in the simulation centre.

Simulation-based learning provides several advantages for dental trainees:

  • Integrates cognitive, technical and behavioural skills into a realistic working environment
  • Gives dental students a chance to practice technical skills that are difficult to learn and may not arise while on placement
  • Allows dental procedures to be practiced and improved in a safe environment where errors can be thoroughly assessed
  • Provides trainee dentists with opportunities for immediate feedback
  • Enables students to gain a greater understanding of their own reactions to stress factors

High-tech approach to learning
Sydney dental students receive immediate, three-dimensional, audio and written feedback from the various simulation modalities on their work on artificial teeth (such as a cavity, crown, and endodontic access preparations).

The advanced technology addresses well-known challenges in dental education to provide objective feedback, such as grading scale, rater calibration, bias, training, grading fatigue, subjective influences as well as the demand for immediate and objective feedback.

Doctor of Dental Medicine at Sydney Dentistry School

The Sydney Dentistry’s 4-year, full-time, graduate-entry Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) course offers you the opportunity to develop skills through practice-based learning and will expose you to new dental technologies and research. The DMD will educate you to draw on evidence to treat patients effectively and respond to the changing oral health needs of the community.

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years

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