Putting Hands-On Technology in Classrooms to Reinforce Holistic, Patient-Centered Care

A.T. Still University, Interprofessional Education and School of Oral Health Building, Kirksville, MI

To address a noticeable gap between oral healthcare needs and delivery in the greater St. Louis area, A.T. Still University (ATSU) sought to add a community-minded, patient-centric dental program to its offerings. Enter the Missouri School of Dental and Oral Health — a state-of-the-art facility to help educate 21st century healthcare professionals using the latest technologies available in the field of oral health.

The design includes a 65-station dental simulation clinic where 2nd year students learn and practice techniques on high-tech mannequin heads, a wet laboratory for learning molding techniques, and spaces equipped for imaging. To enable team-based and project-based learning, the space includes flexible classrooms, a large, dividable multimedia classroom, and a breadth of videoconferencing and touchscreen interfaces for effective lecture and hands-on learning. The school plays an integral role in molding a new generation of dentists to improve oral health outcomes, especially among underserved populations in the state of Missouri.

65-station dental stimulation clinic and 15-room human patient simulation suite to allow a wide variety of health care scenarios for learning

Established budget estimates were met utilizing competitive bids from three established integrators, saving the university nearly $250,000.