Training in a clinic helps build student skills

November 13th, 2014

Hands-on training is one of the best ways of educating students. When using dental enterprise software, people who are learning the practice of dentistry and oral hygiene can gain valuable insight into their future professions. Appointments can be made using software that works the same as it  does in actual clinics. Additionally, students can work in a simulated environment that greatly resembles the one where they will be working for the rest of their careers. The better the software's ability to mimic real-world situations, the larger a student's knowledge base will be after graduation.

There are many examples of schools that have begun offering programs that are designed to emulate real-life situations. For one example, Campus Technology recently reported that the University of Southern California is offering what it calls the DETER project, which is designed to emulate a cyber security program. Students learn everything they would need to know about a job without actually running any potential risks. In the same way, when students are using dental enterprise software, they are developing experience running a clinic in a much more controlled setting.

Extreme training
One example of the kind of training that can happen in a dental clinic, albeit in a far more extreme way, is a high school program that simulated a car accident to let students who were learning medical skills to practice them in a safe environment, as reported by Gulf Coast News Today.

"The goal is to have them come out and respond to a patient and go down their checklist that they were taught over the past few weeks," said Keith Martin, leader of the program and assistant fire chief of Gulf Shores Fire and Rescue. "It's almost like a final exam for skills, the same skills they need to have if they take the national registry if they choose to do that."

While dentists may not have to face broken bones, they will however have to deal with mental and physical challenges, and it helps students to have a clinic where they can practice their skills and learn about what it takes for a dentist to face rotten teeth and significant periodontal injuries. Likely, the most gruesome problems will be taken to a real dentist instead of one that is simply in training, but the incidents dealt with at a clinic will be real enough to foster courage and camaraderie.

A great way to build a clinic is with the same software that dentists and hygienists really use when they handle patient care. This means using quality dental enterprise software.

Practicing online
A separate article by Campus Technology detailed the way that Stanford has begun offering online programs. This is another benefit that schools using dental software can take advantage of. For example, students can learn on their own schedules and study whatever interests them. When writing assignments and lectures are made digital, professors can make more efficient and effective use of their classroom time.

"Developing an online pedagogy gave us the freedom to think anew about how people can best learn, retain, and use this material," said Peter DeMarzo, faculty director for educational technology at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. "We've created a Stanford experience that people can digest on their own turf, at their own pace and apply in real time."

Online courses are another way to provide students with the materials they need to advance in their field, whether it's dentistry or oral hygiene. Colleges that promote the use of dental software will likely have advantages when it comes to finding students.

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