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ADA continuing education a unique benefit tailored to meet members’ needs

Third in a series on ADA products and services for members

June 13, 2014

By Kimber Solana

Dr. Teresa Dolan
Recognizing the need for dentists to continue learning long after they’ve graduated from dental school, the ADA offers it members and the dental community various ways to continue their education—all tailored to their specific needs.

From online to in person, the ADA’s continuing education options provide cutting-edge courses that have an immediate impact on a dentist’s ability to treat patients, grow their practice and meet state licensure requirements.

"Clinicians have an ethical responsibility to provide the most appropriate and evidence-based care to their patients," said Dr. Teresa Dolan, chair of the Council on Dental Education and Licensure. "The continuing education courses provided by the ADA meet the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program requirements and are timely, objective, evidence based and designed to meet the needs of ADA members."

These courses include the Education in the Round sessions at the ADA 2014—America's Dental Meeting on Oct. 9-14 in San Antonio which allows dentists to experience step-by-step live-patient procedures—from diagnosis to treatment—and implement what is learned into practice.
Education in the Round courses available this year include Manage Your Periodontal Patients With Techno Power by Dr. Samuel Low; Root Coverage Grafting of Multiple Teeth in the Maxillary Arch, by Dr. Edward Allen; Predictable Solutions for the Implant Patient, by Dr. David Little; and Lasers in Dental Practice—A Live-Patient Demonstration by Drs. Robert Convissar and Charles Hoopingarner.

The annual meeting also includes hands-on cadaver workshops where dentists can learn at two state-of-the-art labs at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Courses include Concepts and Procedures for Predictable Crown Lengthening by Dr. Jim Grisdale and Soft Tissue Grafting by Dr. Peter Shatz.

For new dentists, the annual New Dentist Conference offers up to 14 hours of continuing education. This year at the 28th New Dentist Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, continuing education courses include the lecture and hands-on workshop Basic Endodontics for the General Practitioner, Parts 1 and 2, by Dr. Diwakar Kinra. The course focuses on the latest scientific advancements in NiTi metallurgy, irrigation and obturation technologies that are improving and changing endodontic therapy.

Another continuing education course available at the New Dentist Conference is How to Hire, Fire, Inspire, and Rewire Your Team, Your Patients and YOU! by Dr. Ann Bynum. The session focuses on the actions dentists can implement to establish a unique niche for a dental practice.

However, if there are still certain topics members can’t find in the in-person CE sessions, the ADA CE Online has over 100 courses available and accessible to members 24 hours a day at their convenience. These courses cover over three dozen categories from oral sedation and ethics to restorative, special care and pediatric dentistry.

To register, create a login and password at Registrants may select from a variety of educational programs, which reflect a broad range of contemporary information. ADA CE Online is the premier dental distance learning resource dedicated to helping health care professionals achieve a higher level of knowledge and information.

In addition, members can earn up to four CE credits each month through the JADA Online Continuing Education program, which provides complete online testing and submission grading. Also, if you missed the Education in the Round sessions at the annual meeting, ADA365 allows members to view them, along with a question and answer feature with the speaker. The ADA is a CERP-approved provider, giving members confidence in selecting any of the CE courses and sessions the ADA offers.

"The ADA has developed a strong portfolio of products and services that are designed to meet the needs of its membership and assist members in their practice success," said Dr. Dolan. "And the direct and indirect beneficiaries of these products are our patients who need and deserve quality dental care provided by well-educated clinicians."