The practice of dental care requires the acquisition of many skills and calls as much on theoretical knowledge as on know-how. Teaching such skills thus comes down to developing the acquisition of specific gestures and automatisms specific to it. The ability of the students to carry out clinical procedures competently and independently must be adequately assessed prior to their graduation It is in this context that health simulation, an active and innovative teaching method, has become essential in medical fields. In recent years, the dental Faculty of Strasbourg has used several forms of training implemented with simulation to improve the training of dental students, whether through an escape game or through the use of high-fidelity jaw models.
In this session two colleagues from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Strasbourg, Dr Marion Strub, Associate Professor Paediatric Dentistry and Dr Catherine Petit, Associate Professor Periodontology, share some of the experiences of Strasbourg with simulation in dental education. In particular they explore two perspectives:
Educational escape games come under active pedagogy approaches, combining game and simulation. It is a collaborative game in which students are "locked" in rooms they can only get out of after solving puzzles relating to dentistry. The goal is to mobilize professional skills in a fun environment. In 2020, the dental faculty of Strasbourg developed an escape game for 6th year students. Several dental disciplines were used as game topics, such as paediatric dentistry, prosthesis, orthodontics, radiology, oral pathology. The purpose was to evaluate the effectiveness of this educational tool aimed at cultivating team spirit and group cohesion in dentistry students. The second objective was to assess the level of satisfaction of participants. Self-administered questionnaires have been completed by each participant immediately after the game. The results concluded that escape games in dental schoo