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Addressing SLEQ survey results

Reforming the Curriculum for Improved Student Learning in Clinical Dentistry


Endodontic treatment is concerned with the management of pulpal and periapical diseases – the clinical procedures involved is commonly known as Root Canal Therapy. Preclinical endodontic education used to be carried out on extracted human teeth mounted in a small acrylic block that was hand-held during practical class, which hardly simulates the clinical situation where the tooth is situated in the mouth. This project has explored and arrived at a means to simulate the clinical setting for carrying out the procedures for root canal therapy in a safe environment in the simulation laboratory, before students will proceed to perform that skill in the dental polyclinic.

Several workshops on endodontic procedures have been organized for all part-time and full-time clinical teachers of the Faculty of Dentistry using the simulated models. Video clips of various stages of root canal therapy in a live demonstration were captured to facilitate understanding of the procedures. Assessment of the clinical skills will be performed using the simulated models for better standardization of the task to be performed by each student.

Principal Investigator

Professor G.S.P. Cheung, Faculty of Dentistry Contact

Project level

Programme-level project

Project Completion

June 2013


  1. A minimum of 2 one-day workshops for clinical teachers to enhance pedagogic skills
  2. A teachers’ guide for simulation dental (clinical) education in an outcomes-based curriculum Download
  3. 3-D learning objects for case-based discussion (WebCT)
  4. Course materials or PowerPoint presentations (archived on WebCT for staff or student access)
  5. Video demonstration of various stages of root canal therapy
  6. A revised assessment task with appropriate standards and criteria for assessing clinical products