Health Sciences Education Symposium

First Author Information

Jaisri R Thoppay B.D.S, M.B.A, M.S, Assistant Professor Oral Medicine and Oro-Facial Pain, Director of Oral Medicine and Oro-facial pain practice, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, VCU School Of Dentistry and VCU Medical Center

Additional Author(s) Information

A. Omar Abubaker, D.M.D, Ph.D., Professor, and S. Elmer Bear Chair, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, VCU School of Dentistry and VCU Medical Center

Presentation Format


Type of Activity


Original Presentation Date


Date of Submission

May 2017

Abstract/Short Description

An innovative model to facilitate predoctoral dental student learning was designed and implemented during the academic year 2016/2017. This model was envisioned as a forum to improve the gaps in the current educational method of the dental education large classroom lecture format. This new method involved multimodal learning tools in accommodating the various learner styles among dental students. The new format consisted of an on-line pre-recorded audiovisual power point presentation, followed by a corresponding graded quiz, culminating a week later into an interactive case discussion in the classroom. This new format, resulted in higher average of the overall grade fro the course, higher attendance, and more positive feedback from the students.

Purpose/Research Question

The primary purpose of this innovation is to improve the educational delivery method for clinical subjects to beyond the classroom.


To improve the didactic educational delivery method for clinical subjects

To increase students engagement, minimize distraction in a large classroom

To improve active learning beyond the didactic classroom setting.


1. Shreeve MW. Beyond the didactic classroom: Educational models to encourage active student involvement in learning. J Chiropr Educ. 2008;22(1):23-28.


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VCU Medical Education Symposium