The use of Virtual Reality (VR)/ Augmented Reality (AR), Artificial Intelligence, even Robotics could enhance the quality of education process and clinical aspects in dentistry. As the application of virtual reality has become increasingly extensive as this technology has developed, the need to improve the educational experience is also increasing. This is an online summer course that will mainly discuss digital transformation in dentistry. Through this course, students will learn the state of the art and what is the future perspective of digital transformation. At the end of the course students will have the opportunity to pour their creative ideas on what digital transformation they need and want to be applied on clinical related psychomotor skills. Subtopics expected for this course are:

Digital Transformation in Education and Clinical Settings (Overview)

Digital transformation is inevitable in all sectors of the world because of the accelerating development of technology, including health education and clinical work. The pandemic is stimulating to improve technology, particularly in the health study and treatment that gives great benefit to humans. Thus, lectures within this sub-topic aim to present the knowledge to the students about the application of digital transformation in the health education field that can be implemented to the students for studying or training skills. Furthermore, advanced technology can be demonstrated to students in clinical settings as a new experience. 

  • Robotics 
  • Potentials/ benefits
  • Mentioning AI/ VR/ Simulators
  • Transition from “analog” to “digital” 

Digital Transformation for Patient’s Health Education

During the pandemic COVID-19, face-to-face interaction was limited, yet the need for healthcare drastically increased. This unbalanced demand forced clinicians and health officers to discover solutions to serve the patients. New technology and digitalization were adapted to fit in this new era. Nowadays, the digital transformation with the patients consists of the utilization of e-health applications, virtual consultation, and the application of newer inventions such as artificial intelligence. Lectures within this sub-topic aim to demonstrate various innovations that have been applied and might have the potential to be developed in the future. These solutions are beneficial for the current crisis and adopted beyond the pandemic COVID-19.

Artificial Intelligence Assisted Clinical Practice

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been rapidly growing and influencing clinical practice in the last decade. AI technology analyzes patient data to predict diagnosis and indicates treatment planning. The purpose of this topic is to introduce the current development of artificial intelligence used both in medical and dental practice. Moreover, the merit and limitation of AI can be portrayed to the students as challenging innovations of AI in the future.

The Prospects of Digital Simulators in Medical and Dental Education

Digital simulators such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have become increasingly extensive in medical and dental education. This technology is primarily applied to substitute conventional methods for teaching preclinical training and clinical skills. Besides, the development of AR has altered the form of dental promotion in community service. Furthermore, the application of VR in education is more convenient and more accessible because the students are familiar with this technology. Lectures within this sub-topic aim to encourage students to explore digital simulators that can be applied in education. 

Ethical Issue in Digital Transformation

Digital transformation has allowed the most significant impact on science and society, either positively or negatively. Therefore, the ethical issue of digitalization is interesting to be discussed in the academic field. It can arise on mostly novel technology, for instance, in medical science, dental science, genetic engineering, and informatics. Furthermore, the progression of artificial intelligence might be an example of the issue that technology development requires harmony among moral ethics, science, and humanity. The purpose is to understand the students about ethical issues that will appear throughout the development of digital technology.