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A.T. Still University of Health Sciences

Medically Complex Patient Training for Dental Professionals and Staff

Project Type: 
Special Needs
Grant Type: 
DTA Foundation

“The Center for Advanced Oral Health at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH) of ATSU proposes an original pilot project that precisely aligns with the core principles of DTA Foundation by using innovative technology to develop continuing education curricula and train dental professionals and staff in the care of medically complex patients, expanding access to care for a critical population,” said Gaylah Sublette, associate vice president of sponsored programs at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences. “The curricula will cover behavioral and medical topics such as patient interviewing, emergency preparedness, and whole person health care that all types of dental professionals can incorporate into their practices. This course is innovative in that it will teach topics on the forefront of oral health care while using new and emerging technology to do so. Utilizing a high-fidelity SimMan 3G advanced patient simulator, trainees will experience life-like patients for realistic and effective hands-on training. This creative approach allows trainees to gain experience and build comfort with scenarios requiring advanced knowledge and skills, including desensitization techniques, strategies to motivate and engage patients in consistent dental care, and tools to improve communication with teams of medical providers.”