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Get on course with EBD at the Forsyth Institute this fall

June 04, 2012

By Jean Williams, ADA News staff

Cambridge, Mass.—Fire up your laptop and put on your EBD thinking cap for a weeklong, intensive course Nov. 5-9 on the primary aspects of evidence-based dental practice.

Dr. Punwani

The course is a collaboration of the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry and the Forsyth Institute, where the interactive program will take place. The deadline for application is Sept. 7.

Some key learning objectives include how to implement the best evidence in clinical practice and teaching; how to ask precise, structured clinical questions; understanding clinical trial design; and how to understand statistics and other criteria to implement EBD in practice and teaching.

Dr. Indru Punwani, professor and head of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, took the course in 2011 and said he “wholeheartedly” recommends it.

“Many of us had taken or participated in EBD courses,” Dr. Punwani said. “This one was unique in that it was an intensive course that brought us together, away from our routine responsibilities, and put us through the methodology of discussing and analyzing a number of published papers in a small group setting.”

Tuition—which includes course materials, breakfast and lunch—is $2,500. ADA members will receive a 20 percent discount. Additionally, early applicants have an opportunity for tuition reduction. Sponsor Sunstar America will absorb $500 off the tuition for the first 40 applicants.

The course is open to all dentists, members of the dental team, educators and researchers from both the United States and the international community.

Dr. Sawsan Tabbaa, who also took the Forsyth course in 2011—prompted by an “enriching experience” attending the ADA Evidence-Based Dentistry Champions Conference—said it exceeded her expectations. She is an assistant professor and director of orthodontic research in the Department of Orthodontics at State University of New York at Brooklyn.

“I strongly recommend this course to others,” she said. “I recommend it to clinicians to know how to search for evidence, to implement evidence-based dentistry in their daily practice, to differentiate between myths and facts, and to give the best currently available clinical recommendations to their patients.

“I recommend it to researchers to learn how to formulate their PICO (Problem, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome) research questions, learn how to search for evidence, how to critically appraise published research articles and to improve the quality of their research. And I recommend it to dental educators for their professional development, to sharpen their skills, benefit their students and to spread the concept of EBD among their peers.”

The Forsyth Institute, which is affiliated with Harvard University, was founded more than a century ago to provide charitable dental care to children in Boston. Today it is dedicated to promoting oral health through research and education.

Applicants must complete an online questionnaire and submit a curriculum vitae. Participants will receive continuing education credits from the ADA and a certificate in EBD from the Forsyth Institute.

For more information and to apply, visit Advanced Evidence-Based Dentistry Workshop, or contact Erica Vassilos, manager of the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, at 1-312-440-2523 or