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Enticing visitors to western Nebraska with CE credits — and the solar eclipse

May 25, 2017

By Kimber Solana

Gering, Neb. — ADA members curious to see a total solar eclipse and earning continuing education credits on the same weekend only have to travel to western Nebraska in August.
    
Dentists can earn six hours of CE by hearing Dr. J. William Robbins speak on diagnosis and treatment planning as part of the West District Dental Society annual meeting, held Aug. 18 in at the Gering Civic Center.
    
On Aug. 21, attendees can drive 45 minutes northeast to Alliance, Nebraska, which is on the path for a total solar eclipse — when the moon moves between the sun and the Earth. It'll be the first total solar eclipse visible in North America since 1991, according to NASA.
    
"It's a rare opportunity to combine quality CE and camaraderie, explore the beauty of this part of Nebraska and see a rare astronomical event," said Dr. Bronsen Schliep, president of the West District Dental Society.
    
Dr. Schliep said non-West District Dental Society members are welcome to register for the CE course "Global Diagnosis — A New Vision of Dental Diagnosis and Treatment Planning," led by Dr. Robbins, adjunct clinical professor in the department of comprehensive dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
    

Dr. Schliep
"Dr. Robbins speaks about interdisciplinary care and how dentists can apply it in every facet of dentistry," Dr. Schliep said. "It's not theoretical. You can take what you learned back home and utilize it on day one."
    
The CE course costs $150 for Nebraska Dental Association members; $295 for non-NDA members.
    
For those interested in observing the solar eclipse, Alliance is on the path of totality — a thin ribbon of about 70 miles wide where people can see the moon fully cover the sun for about two and a half minutes. According to NASA, the path of totality in the U.S. will begin at 10:16 a.m. Pacific Time in Lincoln Beach, Oregon, and travel east, ending near Charleston, South Carolina. It'll reach Alliance around 11:49 a.m. Mountain Time.
    
Attendees of the CE course and solar eclipse must book their own lodging and provide their own transportation. However, Dr. Schliep said that if there's enough interest, he can plan additional excursions between the meeting and the solar eclipse.
    
"There's a lot of beauty in this part of Nebraska," he said. "Combining a CE course with this unique event is a good excuse to visit."
    
For more information or to register for the course, visit the website or contact Dr. Schliep at bronsen@webbortho.com.