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Article: Volume 44 Number 8 Page 724 - September 2017

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  Dent Update 2017; 44: 724-730

Oral Pathology:  A Flipped Classroom Approach to Teaching Oral Pathology using Virtual Microscopy - the Glasgow Experience

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Abstract: This paper describes a student-centred, integrated teaching model in which oral pathology and oral medicine staff members jointly deliver tutorials in a combined online and face-to-face format. Students are provided with clinical and histopathological information, which they must review and use to answer questions via a Virtual Learning Environment before the tutorial takes place. By reviewing the students’ answers online before the teaching session, staff can focus the tutorial itself on resolving knowledge gaps and afterwards post a set of gold standard answers online for students to reflect upon.

Clinical relevance: This article illustrates a combination of teaching methods and modern technologies which integrate clinical with laboratory sciences and enhance the access of students to histopathological materials without the need for access to a traditional microscopy facility.

Author notes: Zayneb Makki, BDS, MSc, FHEA, Clinical University Teacher and Jeremy Bagg, PhD, FDS, FRCPath, FFPH, Professor of Clinical Microbiology and Head of School, Glasgow Dental School, 378 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JZ, UK.

Objective: To understand how a novel combination of flipped classroom and virtual microscopy can transform the teaching of oral pathology in a clinical context.

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