Philadelphia — Attendees at a recent symposium presented by Penn Dental Medicine got a unique perspective, viewing live endodontic microsurgical procedures in 3D. The two live clinical cases were part of a two-day continuing education program, Endodontic Retreatment Surgical/Non-Surgical Management, held November 8-9 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Center. Donning 3D glasses, the audience in the Zellerbach Theater was able to have a view similar to that of the clinician conducting the surgery, which was streamed live from a treatment suite within the theater, set up especially for the procedures.
“Giving attendees the ability to view the surgery in 3D adds greatly to the educational experience,” says Dr. Syngcuk Kim, Louis I. Grossman Professor in Penn Dental Medicine’s Department of Endodontics, who conducted the surgery. “We have had live, 3D surgery in China and Germany as part of our Penn Global symposia but this was the first time here at Penn.”
Carl Zeiss Meditec, a program sponsor, coordinated the 3D projection of the live microscope image to the audience in the auditorium.
The symposium also included lectures on a variety of topics on the science and the practice of modern endodontics. In addition, a circuit training hands-on workshop on microsurgical and non-surgical endodontic retreatment was held at Penn Dental Medicine in conjunction with the symposium on November 7. The first of its kind to be presented at the School, participants rotated through four 90-minute sessions, learning various clinical aspects of the retreatment procedure.
Faculty and alumni from Penn Dental Medicine will also be presenting the Penn Global Endo Symposium in Vienna, Austria, December 4-6, 2014, which will also include a live, 3D surgery.