UMN News: Where is virtual reality going next?


School of Dentistry Dean Patrick Lloyd is excited about this year’s entering class of dental students. When they step into the classroom, gone are the teeth on a stick, the old way of learning to become a dentist. Their replacement is a 100-station facility with state-of-the-art mannequins connected to computers. They look and feel like real patients, and the computer can monitor the students’ performance with incredible accuracy. Testing is no longer subjective; the computers can measure and grade based on accuracy and sensitivity. Students learn 40 to 50 percent faster and graduate with skills that make them better dentists. Certainly a reason to smile.

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