The Extent of Virtual Reality Simulation Enhancing Assessment of Psychomotor Clinical Skills
Tuesday, October 22 2:10-2:30 PM Location: Las Vegas Ballroom 4
Presider: Juscilynne Aroldi, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Abstract: Assessing dental clinical skills in conventional laboratories based on professional experts’ judgment can be subjective and prone to human errors. Dental tutors only assess student’s final worked-out (a prepared cavity in a plastic or in a real tooth). With the use of advanced haptic technology a virtual dental chair (the hapTEL system) was designed to replicate the real dental chair with 3D vision, sense of touch and sound feedbacks. Five different psychometric tests acquired by the hapTEL project were used for the students’ psychomotor abilities as a base-line measurement before they started the academic year and after they finished the first term (pre and post-tests). The psychometric scores were compared with clinical skills results. To find out the association between psychomotor skills and clinical skills performance, SPSS statistical software was used to calculate the Spearman’s Rho correlation.