Journal article

Towards Defining Dental Drilling Competence, Part 1: A Study of Bone Drilling Technique

Ioanna Ioannou, Edmund Kazmierczak, Linda Stern, Andrew C Smith, Lisa Z Wise, Bruce Field

JOURNAL OF DENTAL EDUCATION | AMER DENTAL EDUCATION ASSOC-ADEA | Published : 2010

Abstract

Technical skills are critical for dentists. Computer-based simulation offers a range of potential benefits for surgical training, but to date the development of simulators has not been characterized by a structured investigation of specific mechanisms by which trainees attain competence. This two-part study contributes to the understanding of the manner in which surgical psychomotor skills are acquired so that this knowledge can be incorporated into the design of training simulations. We studied participant groups of varying skill levels as they performed a drilling task in oral surgery. In this first part of our study, we investigated the elements of surgical technique and differences in th..

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