Over 100 Dentsply Sirona student simulators installed at UMKC
Dentsply Sirona’s first US installation of state-of-the-art student simulator units starts at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. Over 100 new and modern simulator units were fitted at the School of Dentistry in a groundbreaking $4-million project, making UMKC dental training labs one of the USA’s largest and most advanced education facilities.
The installation, led by Dentsply Sirona’s International Special Clinic Solutions (ISCS) division, introduced more than a hundred new and ergonomically accurate simulator units which enable dental students to practice on what are described as “close to real life” models.
Last month, two UMKC training laboratories were equipped with 109 Intego student simulator units and two instructor units. The upgraded training labs now allow students to learn and practice in a realistic clinical setting from the very start as all dental procedures can be simulated under ergonomic conditions with correct instrumentation technique.
The configuration of the workstations allows utmost flexibility, such as easy switching from right-handed treatments to left-handed. Thanks to its modular concept, the units are also suitable for both UMKC dental and dental hygiene curricula and include the option to add further functions and technological updates in the future.
Peter Rössling, Dentsply Sirona Sales Director of International Special Clinic Solutions for USA/Canada, said: "The planning and research process were crucial to the success of this project at UMKC. Working closely with the university leaders to map their ideas and visions for the upcoming years allowed us to deliver an individually tailored product and training portfolio from start to finish.”
He continued: “This is our first simulator installation of its kind in the U.S., and we look forward to bringing our technology to more students in the country.”
The high-quality equipment at UMKC has been designed and produced in Germany using robust materials ideal for university settings. Since 1881, UMKC School of Dentistry has been offering a varied and complete range of educational experiences for students of dentistry and dental hygiene, as well as students for Advanced Education and continuing education.
The faculty comprises scholars, scientists and specialists – all dedicated to providing a high quality and comprehensive education, which Marsha Pyle, Dean of the UMKC School of Dentistry, says has been enhanced by the new modern dental equipment from Dentsply Sirona. “The lab is spectacular. This will give our students more real-life experiences before performing dental care on people,” she says.