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Manual Dexterity Task 5
Using the 5 sewing needles and thread provided, thread the sewing thread through each of the needles. The examiner will then ask you to provide an example of where this skill would benefit you as a dentist.
Excellent Candidate Approach
Key Tip: The key example of where being able to thread a needle is when applying stitches to a patient, through suturing. If there is a wound in oral surgery, being able to carefully put a piece of thread through an extremely small hole is essential, and thus can be practiced or exemplified by threading a needle. Additionally, precise fine motor skills are an essential quality for any dental student or general dentist.
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