Current project: renovating Lab 4. The simulation lab for preclinical students is designed to train first- and second-year students on the basics of dental technical skills. It was also built in 1959 and still features the original wood cabinets.
Space became available when the Faculty moved its Clinic 2 operations to the new 777 Bay St. clinic site in order to comply with COVID-19 protocols in effect at the time. That’s allowed the Faculty to temporarily host Lab 4 in the old Clinic 2 space. With Zwingenberger’s leading gift, the Faculty has started demolition of the space, with the goal of opening the Lab of the future in the fall of 2023.
“Personally, I feel grateful for these alumni who have been so generous in supporting our education, our clinical experience and student life,” says Sonia Huang (DDS 2020), a master’s student in periodontics.
“It will have the most up to date patient simulator,” says James Posluns, Director of Clinical Affairs at U of T Dentistry. That’s the mannequin-like head and equipment set-up that gives students the feel of what it’s like to try to reach back teeth, how a dental drill feels in your hand, how to suction properly, how to position your body and the best angle for your lighting.