VME-I students practiced dental charting in the Skills Lab

On September 27th, 2018, the Veterinary Clinical & Professional Skills Lab (VCPSC) held its inaugural lab for the first-year students in the Class of 2022. The lab introduced them to veterinary dentistry, a skill area that has been identified as an area for improvement for graduating students here at the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM).

This particular lab focused on the basics of veterinary dental charting; by the end of the lab, the students should be able to correctly chart periodontal pockets, missing teeth, and teeth crowding, using appropriate dental instruments and procedures.

To prepare for the lab, students completed a five chapter interactive e-book that covered the following topics:

  • An introduction to instrumentation;
  • The Modified Triadan System;
  • Dental Anatomy;
  • Normal vs. Abnormal Findings; and
  • Dental Charting Procedures.

Dr. Amy Voss, Clinical Assistant Professor out of Veterinary  introduced the lab with a demonstration of the various activities used in the lab, as well as a description of how to apply and practice dental skills. These activities are products of collaboration between skills lab faculty and staff, student workers who are currently enrolled in the program, and the Office of Teaching and Learning.

Dental Anatomy Magnet Puzzle

In this activity, students would identify and label the various anatomical structures of a tooth, which would help them with correctly putting the puzzle pieces together. In addition, using a magnetic periodontal probe, student would demonstrate how and where to check for pockets without damaging a patient’s gums. The activity reinforces concepts that students learned in their dental anatomy lecture in Gross Anatomy I.

Sushi Model

The “sushi” model is designed to be a student’s first attempt at probing a canine tooth. The model is a 3D-printed copy of a canine 309 molar, situated inside a cup, with silicone poured into the cup to simulate gingiva. In this activity, students would receive two models:

  • The first model demonstrates normal and abnormal periodontal depth; and
  • The second provides a real life example in which pockets are present in only parts of the model.

Magna Charta

This magnetic game is designed to help students learn how to chart an entire 3D-printed set of teeth. In this activity, students would first create pathologies by removing magnetic tooth/teeth, creating crowding, and/or replacing the 309 or 409 molar with a version with a stain on a specific surface. Students would then exchange Magna Charta sets, and chart the pathologies created by their partners.

3D PDF Touch Table

Students can view and interact with the digital 3D models of canine teeth, and they’re able to digitally manipulating them by panning, rotating, zooming, toggling layers, and so on. With these models, students can also practice articulating and labeling each tooth.

CPSL Showcase: Designing and Developing the PPE Donning and Doffing Module

In this Clinical and Professional Skills Lab (CPSL) showcase, we take a look at the design and development process of one of the first CPSL learning modules to be created, “Basic Information and Usage of PPE.” We hope that this showcase would give you an idea of what a CPSL learning module is all about, what the process is like, and how Teaching and Learning can help.

Image of Sean in PPE

Image: Sean in PPE

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OTL and Skills Lab Partners Working on Learning Units

Over the past few weeks, you may have witnessed the strange sight of third-year students carrying around stuffed IKEA dogs, silicone bladders, Wubble Bubble dog abdomens, and other oddities. Please be reassured that this is not a part of an elaborate student prank; rather, what you’ve seen is just a small selection of learning aids being developed for the new Clinical and Professional Skills Lab (CPSL)!

Summer Assistant Marshall Aanestad holding two prototype silicone bladders being developed for the Clinical and Professional Skills Lab.

Summer Assistant Marshall Aanestad holding two prototype silicone bladders being developed for the Clinical and Professional Skills Lab.

While the students have been busy working on the learning aids, over the past month Teaching and Learning has been working with our CPSL partners (i.e. the STRIVE groups) on the overall design of the learning modules, which will support the eight skills identified for Autumn 2018. Specifically, the first step of the design process involved discussion of the “Big Rocks”, such as why it is important for our students to master a skill, its real-life relevance, as well as common mistakes and misconceptions that have been observed in our students. The “Big Rocks” are summarized into unit learning outcomes that reflect the skills needed to be a day-one veterinarian, and will guide the creation of the CPSL learning modules, starting with checkpoint assessments that will provide opportunities to ensure that the students are on-track.

Example of the CPSL Blueprint Document

Example of the CPSL Blueprint Document

Building on our work in May, June’s focus will be on the development of the CPSL module lessons, as well as the creation of a variety of learning materials, activities, and aids for them. Coming from Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, we will work with our CPSL partners to provide students options in how the content is presented to them (“Representation”), how they can approach their own progression toward the learning outcomes (“Engagement”), and how they can demonstrate their achievement of such (“Expression”).

e-book lesson example

Shown above is an example of an e-book lesson with h5p interactive widget

During the summer, don’t be surprised to see OTL staff, CVM faculty, and DVM students popping up in different places around the campus shooting videos, drawing models for 3D printing, and piloting their lessons and learning aids with medical center staff! We continue to be very excited about the impact the CSPL can have on how our students learn and how our curriculum can be re-imagined.