Video Observation is the Most Effective Dental Education and Training Tool at Your Disposal

Thorough and proper training is critical in the dental industry. Unlike other industries, even the smallest mistake can have serious medical consequences that adversely impact a patient. While most patients let even serious situations go, many file medical malpractice lawsuits. Many of those lawsuits can be prevented with the right training and education.

If it seems difficult to provide proper training while following social distancing guidelines, the good news is not all training needs to happen in person. Some live training is essential, but video technology makes it easy to perform some training remotely.

Whether you’re training in person full or part-time, here’s why video observation is the most effective way to train dental students.

A video recording system will help you create a massive training library

One of the most powerful training tools you could ever possibly create is a training library. A training library is essentially an archive of training videos that cover a variety of subjects designed for every detail you need to train.

For example, you might have a training library with 50 videos related to dental surgeries, 37 videos related to orthodontics, and 10 videos that cover X-rays and the use of antibiotics.

Of course, the number of training videos you’ll have will vary depending on the areas you need to cover and who receives the training.

How to create a video training library

It’s easy to create an extensive training library when you use a professional video recording software solution. For example, Intelligent Video Solutions offers the ultimate recording solution for dental education that allows you to create a training library for everything from orthodontics to general dentistry.

With the VALT system from Intelligent Video Solutions, you can set permissions for each video so only the intended groups and individuals have access. This allows you to use the same system to train students working toward a degree in any specialty.

Also, each video can be annotated with text-searchable comments, making it easy to retrieve training videos by typing in keywords. For example, if you want to find a training video that covers alternative treatments to a root canal, as long as your videos are tagged with the right keywords, they’ll pop right up in a search.

Video training systems are proven effective

In any industry, video training has been proven to be more effective than traditional training. Most trainees forget 65% of their training after one week, and lose 90% of the information after 6 months. Video training drastically increases both the amount of material remembered and the length of retention.

Video observation is beneficial for dental students

When you’re training dental students, video training becomes more than just a two-dimensional set of training tools. While training live, it’s not easy to catch all the finer details and provide a thorough evaluation. Video observation makes it all incredibly easy.

Many people are concerned that dental school won’t be effective if social distancing and limited capacity protocols are followed. However, that concern is easily resolved with video training tools.

For dental students, setting up a video observation system will record training sessions so you can show students exactly what they’ve done correctly and incorrectly. While the sessions are being recorded, other students can watch the session from another room.

Although watching a live training from another room is a good way to maintain social distancing requirements, it’s also easier for students to observe detail from a camera’s predetermined point of view.

Security first: Video training should be encrypted to protect private information

Sometimes training will involve working on real patients. When those sessions are recorded, even with the patient’s permission, the videos are required to be protected on the server where they’re stored. Thankfully, encryption satisfies that requirement, making the files unreadable even if a hacker steals them from the server.

Before setting up any kind of video observation system to record training sessions, make sure you’ve got all your HIPAA data protection requirements covered. Although it’s cheap, you shouldn’t record sessions on your own without professional software. First, you’ll struggle to catalog and restrict access to casually recorded videos. Second, you’ll have to engineer some way to keep those recordings secure, which isn’t easy.

When you use an existing professional video recording platform that includes storage, you don’t have to think about anything. You can rest easy knowing that all of your videos are securely stored and unauthorized parties can’t get access. You’ll be HIPAA-compliant as long as you distribute permissions correctly and control user group access appropriately.

If you haven’t used a video recording system yet, don’t wait. It’s the best investment you can make to ensure your students’ success.