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Where Are We? Virtual and Augmented Reality in Dental Education


Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are no longer considered futuristic technology; they are commonly used in video games and movies to enhance the user experience. As such, millennials and Generation Z students now entering dental education have grown accustomed to VR and AR. However, dental education has been slow to adopt such technology. With AR glasses and mobile VR becoming more accessible, there are enormous advantages to be gained with the incorporation of AR and VR into dental education.

Through this presentation, attendees will learn about the most current VR and AR technology that can enhance predoctoral education. Innovation is the key to evolution. As technology advances, it brings new capabilities and solutions to the table. It is up to educators to exploit those solutions for the betterment of dental education. This new teaching pedagogy may also open possibilities to many research ideas and endeavors.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the most current technology available in the VR and AR world for medical and dental education.
  • Recognize how to apply these technologies into predoctoral education.
  • Explore opportunities for future VR and AR applications in dental education.

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 live webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by October 8, 2023. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.00 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.


  • Cortino Sukotjo, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.M.Sc.

    University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
    Dr. Cortino Sukotjo is a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. Dr. Sukotjo received his D.D.S. degree from the Padjadjaran University, Indonesia, followed by a Ph.D. in Oral Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Certificate in Prosthodontics-Master’s in Medical Sciences from Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, Fellow of the Academy of Prosthodontics, Secretary of ADEA Section on Prosthodontics, an ADEA/William J. Gies Foundation Education Fellow, a previous member of the ADEA Policy Center Educational Research and Analysis Committee and Past President of the International Association of Dental Research/American Association of Dental Research Prosthodontic Research Group.

  • Ahmed Mahrous, B.D.S., M.S.

    The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics
    Dr. Ahmed Mahrous received his D.D.S. degree from Pharos University College of Dentistry in Egypt in 2011. In 2016, he received his M.S. in prosthodontics from The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics (UI COD) and became an Assistant Professor in UI COD’s Department of Prosthodontics. Dr. Mahrous is the Director for the Removable Partial Denture course for undergraduate and graduate students. He is also a clinical instructor and lecturer for all preclinical (D1) prosthodontics classes. In 2018 and 2019, dental students awarded Dr. Mahrous D2 Faculty of the Year and D3 Faculty of the Year. In 2019, he was also recognized as “Faculty of All Four Years.” He is the co-founder of the Online 3D Dental Atlas,, a free, web-based tool to enhance dental education. Dr. Mahrous’s research is focused on enhancing dental education through technology and gamification.

  • Markus Santoso, Ph.D.

    Digital Worlds Institute
    University of Florida
    Dr. Markus Santoso is an Assistant Professor of Digital Arts and Sciences at the Digital Worlds Institute at the University of Florida (UF). His research interest is the applied science of immersive technologies, both augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). After he obtained his Ph.D. in 2013, he continued his research as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology in Germany, thanks to funding from the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics. To enter this fellowship program, he needed to compete with more than 300 Ph.D.s worldwide; only 24 applicants were approved. After that, Dr. Santoso conducted his second postdoctoral with the LINDSAY Virtual Human lab at the University of Calgary, Canada, and started to work on the implementation of AR/VR for human anatomy illustration, medical education and computational physiology. Moving to UF allowed Dr. Santoso to collaborate with a wide range of academicians and scientists, such as those at the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases, and to explore the utilization of immersive technologies to advance clinical activities, such as Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics for Tourette syndrome patients and gait treatment for Parkinson’s patients.

October 8, 2020
Thu 1:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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