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Designing and Delivering a Virtual Preclinical Endodontics Module


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the D1 preclinical curriculum at Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine (WU CDM) was unexpectedly interrupted by “stay-at-home” orders. Faculty needed to act fast because an endodontic module, consisting of five simulation technique labs, was scheduled to begin the following week and students were required to continue their learning from home.

To help students practice their endodontic skills at home, a kit was assembled and distributed to all D1 students regardless of their location. To guide students as they worked on their projects, a step-by-step demonstration video was recorded and real-time instruction with dedicated general dentist simulation instructors occurred through Zoom. In addition, students created portfolios using photographs, in lieu of radiographs, to document their progress and presented their portfolios in Zoom for peer evaluation and faculty feedback.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the delivery format of the preclinical hybrid curriculum at WU CDM.
  • Identify the steps to implement a virtual preclinical endodontics module.
  • Discuss small group, peer-to-peer endodontic portfolio presentations in an online teaching environment.
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CE Information:
The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by May 29, 2023. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

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The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credit.

All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.


  • Sandra Farah-Franco, D.D.S.

    Assistant Dean for Dental Sciences
    Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine

May 29, 2020
Fri 2:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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