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“You set the direction for our profession”

Dr. Waynerd Frederickson

Proper negotiation: Dr. Waynerd Frederickson attempts to negotiate a higher salary during a how-to-negotiate activity in the Pathways To Leadership session at the 28th New Dentist Conference.

Great piece in ADA News about the 28th New Dentist Conference. The headline for this post comes from this speech delivered on Thursday:

“You set the direction for our profession. You decide what our polices are. You decided how we’re going to advocate for our profession,” Dr. Charles Norman, ADA president, said. “All you have to do is speak up, and offer your opinion and support.”

Looking forward to seeing all the great pics from Kansas City!

Educating Patients using Evidence-Based-Dentistry

Dr. Partha Mukherji

Dr. Partha Mukherji

When it comes to oral health there is a lot of misinformation circulating in the public imagination. What’s the best course of action when a patient makes a request or assertion that isn’t supported by science?

Dr. Partha Mukherji is a general dentist practicing in Ft. Worth, Texas, and a supporter of Evidence-Based dentistry. He spoke with New Dentist Now about strategies dentists can use when patients are misinformed about science.

New Dentist Now

Let’s start with a quick definition of Evidence-Based Dentistry

Dr. Partha Mukherji

Sure—Evidence-Based Dentistry, or EBD, is the point where scientific evidence, my expertise as a dentist and the patient’s treatment needs and preferences all intersect. EBD isn’t new, but it has received increased focus in recent years, especially as junk science has gained prominence in the public imagination.

NDN

How do you integrate EBD into your practice on a day-to-day basis?

Dr. Partha Mukherji

It starts with my team—I’ve worked to make sure that everyone in my practice is familiar with Evidence-Based-Dentistry and how to use tools such as EBD.ADA.org. The site has some quick tutorials that can help bring newcomers up-to-speed.

I think it’s also important to share this information with patients. It has always been our role to educate patients, and this adds another dimension. It moves the conversation beyond, ‘Well I’m the dentist and I say so.”

NDN

What happens when a patient presents a real challenge, such as presenting an oral health myth as fact?

Dr. Partha Mukherji

It’s a two-step process. First of all I use it as a teachable moment, to explain how I use EBD to support my decisions, and to give an overview of how I assess scientific research. I find that many patients aren’t familiar with the basics about science—for instance the difference between correlation and causation.

And second, I work to demonstrate respect for the patient’s perspective, even as I maintain respect for my own integrity as a dentist. So I might say, “I am recommending scaling and root planing as a treatment plan. If you want to research that approach independently or seek a second opinion, I support that completely. However science doesn’t support oil pulling as an alternative.” I’ve found that helps to strike a balance between the patient’s wishes and my responsibility as a clinician.

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The ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry is at EBD.ADA.org

Hands-On Attachment and Implant Dentistry Course at the New Dentist Conference

conference logoRecently we blogged about an innovative online CE course where you can follow a full-mouth restoration from the initial exam to final placement of prosthesis.

If that course interests you, consider enrolling in Treatment Planning: Implants and Attachments on Saturday, July 19 as part of the ADA 28th New Dentist Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. The course is in two parts that may be taken individually or together.

Part one is a morning lecture taking place at the Conference’s host hotel. Part two is a hands-on workshop taking place across town at the UMKC School of Dentistry. An additional $75 fee applies to those enrolling in the hands-on course.

The ADA 28th New Dentist Conference takes place in Kansas City, Missouri July 17-19, 2014 at Sheraton Kansas City, Crown Center. The conference offers up to 14 hours of continuing education, including this hands-on course. Courses do sell out; to ensure your spot, register today.

Follow Bob and Earn CE

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Robert “Bob” Hartman is 62 years old and in need of a full-mouth restoration.

Bob will have an immediate maxillary and mandibular dentures placed, with extractions of all of his teeth, appropriate bone reduction and placement of prosthesis.

Bob’s case will be part of a CE online series where ADA members are able follow his treatment—from diagnosis to surgery — through courses posted on ADA CE Online (here’s a link to that first course.)

ADA News has the full story, including background information on Bob. We were especially interested in what this means for continuing education:

“We’ve done a lot of live patient courses at the ADA Annual Meeting since 2007 and many online courses featuring live-patient video,” said Richard Schuch, ADA director of Continuing Education and Industry Relations. “But we’ve never taken a look at a patient from beginning to end and let our members follow that patient. We’ve wanted to do this for a long time.”

Each step in the process is being filmed—from Bob’s initial examination and diagnosis and taking appropriate recordings of his mouth to surgery and placement of implants and prosthesis. In all, the process is expected to take about 18 months, culminating in a three-hour Education in the Round course at ADA 2015 — America’s Dental Meeting in Washington, D.C.

What does “ADA CERP approved provider” mean?

ADA CERP logoWe’re deep in planning for the ADA 28th New Dentist Conference taking place in Kansas City, Missouri July 17-19, 2014 at Sheraton Kansas City, Crown Center (registration is open now). The conference offers up to 14 hours of continuing education, and the American Dental Association is an ADA CERP approved provider. Which means what exactly?

In short, it’s a sign of quality. ADA CERP reviews and approves providers of CE that meet standards for quality continuing dental education. Providers are evaluated in 14 aspects of CE program quality. Only providers that can meet ADA CERP standards and procedures are granted approval and are authorized to use the ADA CERP logo and recognition statement. Providers are held accountable for maintaining those same high standards through periodic reevaluation.

CE credits earned by attending CERP approved providers’ courses are accepted by all state licensing boards (subject to any additional requirements or restrictions each individual board may have). The Academy of General Dentistry also accepts credits from CERP approved providers towards its fellowship and mastership awards.

You can find more information about ADA CERP here. And if you want to earn up to 14 hours of CE at the ADA 28th New Dentist Conference, register today (popular courses do sell out!)

Can you make a final impression in 20 minutes without a lab custom tray? Want to learn how while earning CE?

ADA365 logoWatch the complete fabrication of an implant overdenture prosthesis from start to finish in the ADA365 presentation Seeing is Believing on Friday, February 7, 2014.

View the latest methods in a digital examination and the newest impression and jaw recording procedures. Everything except the actual laboratory procedure is shown right in front of the camera, giving you an ideal perspective.

Seeing is Believing with instructor Joseph Massad, DDS

Friday, February 7, 2014

11 am-3 pm CST

Fee: $99 (ADA members only)

CE Credits: 2.5

This webcast is a presentation of one of the most popular Education in the Round courses from the ADA 2013 annual meeting. Only ADA members can earn CE credit by watching this webinar. Dr. Massad will also be available afterward to answer your questions and to offer a sneak preview of the courses he will be presenting at ADA 2014 – America’s Dental Meeting, Oct. 9-14 in San Antonio.

After this course, you will be able to:

1. Make a final impression in 20 minutes without a lab custom tray

2. Complete a jaw recording with a gothic arch tracing device

3. Create a cameo impression

To register, visit ADA.org/ADA365

Let’s Talk about Barbecue

BarbequeThe Kansas City Barbeque Society reports that Kansas City has more barbecue restaurants per capita than any other American city.

Apart from the delightful fact that there is such a thing as a barbecue society, this information is important to you for two reasons:

  •  A person who has enjoyed some barbecue is a person who will soon be wishing he or she had some dental floss.
  • The 28th ADA New Dentist Conference is taking place in Kansas City, Missouri July 17-19, 2014 at Sheraton Kansas City, Crown Center (mark your calendar).

The Conference includes:

  • hands-on endodontic and implant CE courses at UMKC School of Dentistry
  • a full day of leadership development
  • Friday night social event at KC Live! In the Power & Light District
  • breakfast-and-learn sessions; all-inclusive lunches

Barbecue consumption by attendees is entirely optional, but highly recommended. If you have a suggestion for Kansas City barbecue, be sure to leave it in the comments!

Not going to New Orleans? Join the ADA Meeting Online at ADA365

Annual Session LogoGo to ADA.org/ADA365 and you can

•    watch President Bill Clinton’s address live on Thursday, October 31 (not available on-demand)

•    view Education in the Round courses

•    sit in on the hottest lectures

•    take a virtual tour of the Dental Office Design Center.

Access to ADA365 is free to members; non-members can sign up for $50. Visit ADA.org/ADA365 to join the experience!

Looking for CE? While continuing education credit is not offered on ADA365, select courses from the 2013 meeting, including the Pride Institute Technology Expo will be available at ADA CE Online for credit after the meeting. To learn more about ADA CE Online, including unlimited access through the ADA CE Online Loyalty program, visit ADA CE Online at ADACEOnline.org.

All this CE for One Flat Fee

ADA CE Online logoThe ADA CE Online Loyalty Program gives you access to the entire ADA CE Online course library for one year and one flat fee of $479 for ADA members (non-members pay $719.) Take as few or as many courses as you like – as the course library grows, so do your CE options!

Choose from a variety of educational courses featuring embedded video, live-patient dental procedures, and case study examples to enhance your education.

Imagine having a library of CE courses at your fingertips for one year and never having to search for an online CE opportunity again!

If you’d like to learn more, or if you are ready to get started visit ADACEonline.org.