Delta Dental of Tennessee donated $770,000 towards a new dental simulation center at Meharry Medical College. The new center plans to use a multimedia teaching system that incorporates manikins with computer simulators to provide a reality-based experience. This training will shorten the learning curve for students and allow for a smoother transition from training to patient care.
“It is of vital importance that dental students are being trained in environments that best prepare them for working with real-life patients,” said Phil Wenk, D.D.S., President and CEO of Delta Dental of Tennessee. “We are proud to be able to help install this simulation center at Meharry so their students have access to such cutting-edge technologies and the school has a more competitive edge when recruiting students and faculty.”
In 2009, Delta Dental presented Meharry with a $780,233 contribution for the Delta Dental Oral Diagnostic and Imaging Clinic. The facility allows students to use digital radiography and provide the best diagnostic procedures for patients. Delta Dental’s total contributions to Meharry Medical College exceed $1.5 million.
Construction of the 3,300-square-foot lab will begin immediately. The lab is expected to open by January 2012.