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Basic or advanced: ADA evidence-based dentistry education is available for all skill levels

January 06, 2014

By Jean Williams, ADA News staff

Taking advantage of education: Dr. Roopa Gandhi, right, and Dr. Margaret Drozdowski Maule listen to a presentation during an advanced EBD workshop at ADA Headquarters in October 2013.
Last fall, 30 enthusiasts of evidence-based dentistry journeyed to ADA Headquarters in late October.

Many of the cadre already armed with the basics, they came wanting to learn advanced EBD techniques—the practice of vetting literature for the best evidence that works in accord with their professional opinion and with their patients' treatment preferences.

“I enrolled in the course because I feel the language of dentistry is changing,” said Dr. Kirk Noraian, a member of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs.

“As a specialist who was trained to analyze evidence over 20 years ago when I was in residency, I believe the younger dentists coming out of school today are learning about dentistry in a very different way than how I was taught. My goal is to stay current and be able to speak the same language as these new and future leaders of dentistry.”

Dr. Roopa Gandhi, an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at Children's Hospital Colorado, was among the enrollees in the advanced course, which featured expert instructors and content. The advanced course in past years had been offered as the ADA/Forsyth EBD Course, but in 2013 was offered in Chicago.

“I enrolled because I was looking for a strong and invaluable skill set to be able to navigate and appraise the growing number of research articles that are available in pediatric dentistry,” Dr. Gandhi said. “I wanted to be able to scrutinize the applicable evidence to any clinical question that I might have or that a pediatric dentistry resident might pose to me. I also wanted to pass on these skills to the residents so that they would be able to evaluate evidence critically, rather than simply believing what they may have been told by other professionals or companies about a dental product, or even in the discussion section of a given research article.”

Dr. Gandhi is dedicated to learning all that she can about EBD. She said that she likely would have returned to ADA Headquarters in May for the EBD Champions 2.0 Conference: Implementing Science in Practice—a rebooting of the annual Evidence-Based Dentistry Champions Conference aimed at reassembling prior attendees to build up their basic EBD skill set. However, she's expecting her first child that month.

The call is out, however, for other Champions to take their EBD skills to a higher level May 9-10 at ADA Headquarters. EBD Champions 2.0 will feature favorite EBD presenters Dr. Janet Clarkson, Dental Health Research Unit, University of Dundee; Dr. Robert Weyant, professor and chair of the Department of Dental Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine; and others.

Registration is open with a fee of $150 for ADA members and $225 for nonmembers. Seating is limited. To register, call 1-312-440-2500 or use the ADA's e-catalog.

For more information, contact Erica Vassilos, manager, ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, at ext. 2523 or email