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J Dent Educ. 2019 Jun 10. doi: 10.21815/JDE.019.113. [Epub ahead of print]

Jumpstart Mirror Trainer: A New Device for Teaching Mirror Skills to First-Year Dental Students.

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Alexander R. McClure, DMD, is a postgraduate endodontic resident, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; Tamar C. Roomian, MSc, is a biostatistician, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; Steven E. Eisen, DMD, is Associate Professor, Department of Comprehensive Care, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; Gerard Kugel, DMD, MS, PhD, is Professor, Department of Comprehensive Care and Associate Dean for Dental Research, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; and Robert B. Amato, DMD, is Interim Assistant Dean, Postgraduate Clinical Affairs, and Professor and Chair, Department of Endodontics, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. armcclure89@gmail.com.
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Alexander R. McClure, DMD, is a postgraduate endodontic resident, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; Tamar C. Roomian, MSc, is a biostatistician, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; Steven E. Eisen, DMD, is Associate Professor, Department of Comprehensive Care, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; Gerard Kugel, DMD, MS, PhD, is Professor, Department of Comprehensive Care and Associate Dean for Dental Research, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; and Robert B. Amato, DMD, is Interim Assistant Dean, Postgraduate Clinical Affairs, and Professor and Chair, Department of Endodontics, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

Abstract

Learning indirect vision with a dental mirror is challenging and can be overwhelming for beginning dental students. The Jumpstart Mirror Trainer is a new device that allows students to become proficient with mirror use before the start of pre-clinic without requiring in-class practice sessions. The aim of this study, conducted in 2017, was to compare the effectiveness of the Jumpstart Mirror Trainer with the Mirroprep for teaching indirect motor skills. Forty-seven first-year dental students were randomized into three groups to use the Jumpstart Mirror Trainer, Mirroprep, or a control device for 15 minutes a day for ten days. To assess indirect motor skills improvement, students performed a maxillary cavity preparation before and after using their devices. A survey was used to assess students' comfort level with mirror skills and perceived helpfulness of the exercises. Forty students completed the study. The Jumpstart Mirror Trainer activities improved the students' scores significantly more than the Mirroprep activities (p=0.04) and the control device (p=0.006). Students in the Jumpstart Mirror Trainer group rated their device as being significantly more helpful than the control group rated its device in preparing them for the evaluation (p=0.001). There was no statistically significant difference in perceived helpfulness between the Mirroprep group and the control group (p=0.75). These results suggest that the Jumpstart Mirror Trainer may be able to improve students' indirect motor skills without requiring in-class practice sessions and to do so more effectively than other existing methods.

KEYWORDS:

dental education; ergonomics; operative dentistry; patient simulation; psychomotor skills

PMID:
31182623
DOI:
10.21815/JDE.019.113

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