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New CE series offers dental school-style learning

April 23, 2012

By Stacie Crozier, ADA News Staff

San Francisco—Dentists who register for one of the ADA’s new hands-on cadaver workshops at the Annual Session Oct. 18-21 can get a dental school-style learning experience in a few hours.

“For the first time, the ADA Annual Session is offering a cadaver course series designed with an emphasis on achieving specific surgical objectives that can be used in the office the very next day,” said Dr. Mark Huberty, 2012 program chair, Council on ADA Sessions. “Led by experts in their fields, this hands-on learning format is unparalleled in its reach to teach. Whether you’re looking for a refresher or are interested in acquiring new skills, one of these courses in this series might be just what you’re looking for in 2012.”

The seven-course series, to be held at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, offers dentists the opportunity to revisit the anatomical sciences for very specific hands-on learning opportunities, Dr. Huberty added.

“The anatomical sciences will always be fundamental to the clinical practice of dentistry and these courses offer participants the opportunity for a visual and hands-on learning experience that has shortened the learning curve. The net result is a significant savings of time, money and angst to the practice as well as the practitioner—a combination that is very appropriate for today’s fast-paced patient-centered world.”

Courses will focus on biopsy techniques, crown lengthening, local anesthesia, tempormandibular joint, mini implants, masticatory system anatomy, and socket grafting and bone regeneration.

“The teaching and the learning in this clinical course series are truly unique from the typical methodologies of the past,” said Dr. Huberty. “Traditionally, hands-on courses on osseous crown lengthening, and extraction and grafting have been done on pig jaws. The additional confidence gained by working on cadavers in theses courses will be welcomed by many participants. There have been very few TMJ dissection courses offered in the past, yet the foundation of the patient’s occulsion is the TMJ. What a golden opportunity to more fully appreciate these critical interconnections again through direct observation.

“And mini-implant learning is typically an all or nothing proposition, practiced on the bench top or observed and/or performed on live patients for the first time,” he added. “The skills gained in all these courses are designed to be more real and more comfortably assimilated than ever before.”

2012 hands-on cadaver workshops include:

  • Biopsy Techniques for the General Practitioner—A Hands-On Cadaver Course, by Dr. Denis Lynch, Oct. 18, 8:30-11:30 a.m., cost is $595 (course 5221);
  • Crown Lengthening Workshop—A Hands-On Cadaver Course, by Dr. Jon Suzuki, Oct. 18, 2-5 p.m., cost is $595 (course 5223);
  • Local Anesthesia Human Cadaver Dissection Workshop, by Dr. J. Mel Hawkins, Oct. 19, 8:30-11:30 a.m., cost is $595 (course 6221);
  • Cadaver Dissection of the TMJ and Associated Structures, by Dr. Mark Piper, Oct. 19, 2-5 p.m., cost is $595 (course 6225);
  • Socket Grafting and Regenerating Bone Using Allograft—A Hands-On Cadaver Course, by Dr. Lee Silverstein, Oct. 20, 8:30-11:30 a.m., cost is $595 (course 7221);
  • Mini Dental Implants in 2012—A Hands-On Cadaver Course, by Dr. Raymond Choi, Oct. 20, 2-5 p.m., cost is $695 (course 7225);
  • Anatomy of the Masticatory System: Clinical Application and Dissection—A Hands-On Cadaver Course, by Dr. Henry Gremillion, Oct. 21, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., cost is $995 (course 8221).

For course details or to register, visit ADA.org/session. Shuttle bus service to and from the dental school is included in the course fee. Go to www.eventscribe.com/2012/ada and search under the course numbers or titles to view shuttle schedules for these courses.