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Mainz University Medical Center has added an e-learning platform to its dental training program.

Credit: Thomas Hartmann / University Medical Center Mainz

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) researchers have developed an e-learning platform that enables dentistry students to download case studies with videos and images showing disease patterns and surgical procedures directly to their laptop, iPad, or iPhone. The researchers say the new platform, called Interaktiver Lernzielkatalog der Universitatsmedizin Mainz (ILKUM), provides students with a structure that ensures they are aware of the most important parts of dentistry. "This close link with actual practice is unquestionably one of the most important aspects of the training of dental students, and we intend to retain this approach in future," says JGU professor Reinhard Urban.

The ILKUM platform consists of about 80 anonymized clinical cases that are available in PDF files, with some also containing video footage.

ILKUM is an "exemplary concept that can be employed not only in medicine but also in other disciplines to achieve significant progress both in learning and teaching via sustainable blended learning," says consultant Jorg Skorupinski.

From Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
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