a grading room bordering the new Clinical Simulation Center, Dr. Peter Furnari,
clinical professor of general dentistry and management science, works closely with
a small group of students.
John Poulos, acting chairman of the Blatterfein Department of Prosthodontics, demonstrates
techniques over monitors positioned throughout the room in the new Laboratory Technology
A $7 million
state-of-the-art clinical simulation and laboratory technology center opened at NYUCD
in October. The new facility offers a birds-eye view into how tomorrows
dental health professionals will learn.
Paul Chu, clinical assistant professor of general dentistry and management
science, consults with students receiving instructions by way of a state-of-the-art
high-tech simulated environment, students learn clinical skills, perspective, and decision-making
before they have actual patient contact. The facility is also designed to foster more
innovative teaching because faculty are able to demonstrate techniques via monitors
positioned at each students workstation. All workstations are equipped with mannequins
and instructional capabilities based on a multimedia video network connecting all of
the simulator stations to the instructors desk. As a result, students receive
individualized instructions via slides, laser disk, the Internet, and DVDs.
The efficient and effective practice of dentistry demands that students have constant
and ready access to emerging knowledge and possess the highest level of technological
proficiency, said Dr. Francis V. Panno, associate dean for clinical affairs, who
played a key role in the Centers creation. Our new simulation facility supports
that objective by making technology a major tool in the creation of a strong learning
Clinical Simulation Center offers students the opportunity to learn foundation
skills, gain clinical ability, and practice decision making in a high-tech,
entire 11th floor is a modern, technologically-based teaching system, added Daniel
Kang, president of the Class of 2005. Students are able to use their laptops,
practice clinical skills, and listen to a lecture simultaneously, all in one location.
Its an exciting time to be a dental student.