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Manual Dexterity Task 1
Using the pieces provided as well as the visual instructions below, re-create the model giraffe shown. You will be given two minutes to complete this task. For the remaining three minutes, the examiner will ask why you think manual dexterity is important in dentistry.
Excellent Candidate Approach
Key Tip: Although there is not much time being given to complete the task, it is important not to rush it. It is more important to complete as much of the task as you can correctly, rather than do it incorrectly but manage to finish it. In dental procedures requiring manual dexterity, it is vital to take your time and focus on the task at hand.
The 4 Cs of Manual Dexterity
Calculation – Ensure that you offer a calculated, planned approach rather than rushing into the task. This is best accomplished by:
- Taking 30 seconds to review the instructions provided before commencing the task
- Ensuring that you have a good understanding of the end target/requirement
Composure – Stay calm and always remember - if you are finding the task challenging, so are other applicants. More important than completing the task successfully, is demonstrating composure and calmness akin to a qualified dentist and this is what interviewers will be monitoring closely.
Co-ordination – Manual Dexterity tasks often test hand-eye co-ordination; ensure that you practice a wide range of manual dexterity tasks prior to your dentistry interviews.
Communication – Approximately one-third of manual dexterity stations will have another participant/actor in the room. In these stations, it is advised to communicate your actions/steps taken to better demonstrate your structured approach