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Manual Dexterity Task 3
Using the dental floss provided by the examiner, demonstrate to the following patient the appropriate flossing technique and answer any questions that they may have.
Excellent Candidate Approach
Key Tip: Make sure you are aware of the correct flossing technique, for example holding the floss between your thumbs and forefingers after winding it round your middle fingers, and curving it into a ‘C shape’ against one tooth as you floss. Additionally, don’t neglect the importance of effective communication in this task and consider combining your manual dexterity skills with the ‘7 Stages of MMI Communication Stations’.
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