The Dentaroid donated to MUSC is the first of it’s kind in North and South America. It is a lifelike interactive robot that is capable, via an instructor control panel, of communicating to the student during dental procedures just like an actual patient encounter. The Sentaroid is incredibly lifelike visually and textually. The various body movements of the head, mouth, tongue, and left arm add to true to life educational experience.
MUSC has modified the verbal communication system so that the robot has limitless communication abilities. This has been accomplished via computer software voice enhancement technology. The room where the Dentaroid is house has a video-conference camera installed for both viewing and recording the student’s performance from behind a one way mirror in the adjacent room. The voice of the robot is projected through a separate speaker located under the robot.
With the donation of the Dentaroid, Hanako as she is named, the department of oral rehabilitation’s vision is to expand Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) throughout our curriculum. The intention is to incorporate the Dentaroid not only within the department but to collaborate with all departments and divisions of the college of dental medicine. This OSCE based training falls in line with both the council on dental accreditation and now the 2020 vision of the ADA for national dental licensure examination development. We ultimately hope to help support the ADA in their efforts to eliminate patient-based licensure examinations with our curriculum development with the Dentaroid.
The first planned efforts of incorporation of the Dentaroid into our curriculum are to develop OSCEs in the area of oral medicine. These initial efforts are currently being organized as a pilot study to validate the use of the technology in dental education. The next planned steps will be to expand the use of the Dentaroid into restorative dentistry. The actual possibilities for dental simulation education are limitless with the Dentaroid addition to our teaching repertoire. The future is bright for dentistry with this new technology