DENTISTRY HAS THE MOST ADVANCED PRECLINICAL LABORATORY IN THE COUNTRY
WITH AN INVESTMENT OF MORE THAN 350 MILLION PESOS (US$ 530,000, APPROX.), THE NEW FACILITIES ARE OF GREAT IMPORTANCE FOR THE TRAINING OF STUDENTS, PRIOR TO WORKING WITH PATIENTS.
September 29, 2017
A significant milestone in the consolidation and technological innovation proper of a complex university was marked by the inauguration of the Preclinical Laboratory in Dentistry, the most advanced in Chile, that strengthens quality education with facilities which become examples in the training of dentists.
The new infrastructure, which totals 254 square meters, equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation, included the remodeling of the existing lab, replacement of ceilings, lighting and electrical installations, replacement of sanitary facilities, laboratory gases, compressed air and air conditioning in addition to repairs of the interior walls, doors and floors.
For President Alvaro Rojas, this milestone marks the beginning of the modernization of the School of Dentistry: "We know that the clinics must also be modernized and we are working on this with the will to continue to deliver the best tools to students, in this case of the dentistry program, a very special program, because it links us with the Maule inhabitants daily. I am proud to be able to deliver for its use these high-quality installations."
With an investment of 354 million pesos (US$ 530,000, approx.), provided jointly by the University and the Ministry of Education, the preclinical laboratory increased its capacity from 48 to 61 jobs, where Dental students will develop skills in the treatment of some oral pathologies before working directly with patients.
The use of the pre-clinical methodology, where students perform the same dental procedures but in simulated models (phantoms), allows to acquire the necessary skills for the clinical development in a secure environment.
Eduardo Canales, director of the School, revealed during the opening of the facilities that, as he said, it coincides with the 23th anniversary of the creation of the School and the centennial of the presence of the profession in Chile. "At the University of Talca we are committed to meeting the global challenge that dental diseases imply, we are doing good management, we are linking with the community, applied awareness because to engage in dentistry is a complex passion."
Pablo Véjar, president of the Center for students of the School, thanked on behalf of his fellow students the concern for them as the best dentists. "This process of modernization of the preclinical laboratory, we all perceived it as a necessity, even when the previous infrastructure was already high quality in terms of the training given us by the UTALCA. Today we can welcome it with pleasure and pride, this great work which is consistent with the vision of our university, making us one of the innovative universities of excellence and always looking to be a reference in the higher education system and also without leaving aside the mission to mold us into persons with values and professional ethics," he said.
Apart from the increase in its capacity, the laboratory has a primary position, where teachers carry out the procedures demonstratively, and students watch through a closed circuit television, which also allows to develop and store educational material of the area that where work is done.
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