Simulation Learning Center

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine offers one of the most advanced preclinical laboratories in the world: the Simulation Learning Center (SLC), which opened in September 2000. The SLC, located in the Evans Biomedical Research Building on the Boston University Medical Campus, offers aspiring dentists and researchers a technologically advanced, personalized learning experience unmatched by any other school of dental medicine.

Instructors, who can communicate either to the whole class or to selected students, teach using many various platforms, including CD ROMs, live video, traditional 35 mm slides, and digital radiography. Each student workstation contains an interactive computer monitor, high-speed Internet access, electronic keypads for instant quiz results and instructor feedback, two-way microphones, and simulations of live patients with running water and air.

The SLC gives GSDM students the best virtual patient care experience possible in a nonclinical setting. Proper ergonomics, four-handed capabilities, appropriate lighting, and full infection control protocols are introduced and regularly reviewed as students develop clinical skills. Students actively practice real-world patient care procedures, not simply traditional preclinical technical procedures. They work in a technologically integrated environment that supports complete patient care.