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  • UMDNJ-Center for continuig Education in the Health Professions-Division of Continuing Dental Education
  • One of the CDE Choices at NJDS:
  • "The Internet: On the Road to Everywhere and Everyone! A Hands-On Exploration"

 

The Confident Choice in Continuing Dental Education

by Susan T. Hill, Administrative Director, NJDS Division of Continuing Dental Education

When it comes to continuing dental education (CDE), dentists have many choices: professional study clubs, local and regional dental societies, dental material and supply companies, and independent entrepreneurs.

Yet of all those options, the CDE provided by dental schools stands out from the rest. The continuity and consistency in program development, management, implementation, and evaluation dental schools offer provide CDE participants with the confidence that their time, attention, and money will be well spent. In fact, limitations of some continuing education providers have led dental organizations to establish continuing education sponsorship and recognition programs, which help members identify CDE sponsors that comply with program development and administration standards.

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) is a recognized provider by the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program, an accepted National Sponsor by the Academy of General Dentistry, and an approved provider by the Program Review and Approval Committee of the Association for Continuing Dental Education. UMDNJ courses addressing the scientific or clinical practice of dentistry or the professional responsibilities or ethical obligations of dentists receive New Jersey State Board of Dentistry credit for license renewal.

The breadth and scope of activities available through the Division of CDE at the UMDNJ-NJDS illustrate the School's commitment and responsibility to all dentists to provide the finest in continuing education. The richness of the faculty resources of its CDE program assures participants of a comprehensive course calendar representing all dental disciplines. This variety of programming from a single sponsor helps self-directed practitioners easily meet their current learning interests and needs.

The NJDS CDE Program benefits from University resources, which enable a variety of formats to be offered, from single-day to 10-month-long programs. Courses feature didactic presentations and hands-on activities presented by expert guest faculty and NJDS's knowledgeable and experienced faculty at locations statewide. The Division of CDE provides assistance in attendance verification, consultation, and referral to other internal and external resources.

Alumni gain a special benefit in maintaining this relationship with their alma mater: familiarity and fellowship with faculty, networking with classmates and other alumni, and comfort in a familiar location. Nearly one-third of New Jersey's dentists are NJDS alumni. Thus, each CDE program potentially is a mini-reunion and offers alumni opportunities to share their experiences and interesting cases with others while learning.

Increasingly, the Division of CDE plans to develop more activities involving hands-on simulation as well as Internet-based and CD ROM programming. Two CDE activities to help dentists move onto the information highway are: "The Internet: On the Road to Everywhere and Everyone," on Dec. 10, and "Marketing Your Dental Practice on the Internet and World Wide Web," on March 27, 1998. Several other courses will incorporate a listserv (an electronic bulletin board) as pre- and post-program opportunities for interaction between participants and faculty.

In 1998, the Advanced Technology Education Center (Atec) debuts, offering state-of-the-art dental simulators to replicate the clinical environment. Alumni and community dentists will no longer have to search for meaningful, well-sequenced, hands-on continuing education that helps them develop skills in new and complex procedures and techniques. These skills will be needed for optimum patient treatment, practice expansion, and success. Acting Dean Robert Saporito has assembled a team of nationally renown and accomplished clinicians and faculty to plan and direct these efforts to bring UMDNJ to the leading edge of continuing education in contemporary dentistry.

Beyond the immediate continuing education applications, Atec will be a controlled environment where alumni, community dentists, faculty, students, and industry will be able to explore new technologies, develop and assess products and new materials, explore information technology, access and transmit distance learning to remote facilities and Internet sites, experience virtual reality dentistry, and conduct and evaluate research. With Atec, the emphasis is on individualization, interaction, experience, feedback, and learning.

A final reason to consider NJDS CDE programs is that dentists' voices are heard. Annually, New Jersey practitioners are asked to identify their current interests via the CDE Preference Survey. The results help direct the Division of CDE in planning activities that are of interest to and address the needs of all dental professionals in the state. The NJDS CDE staff welcomes suggestions from alumni and community dentists, and always strives to tailor the educational offerings specifically to dentists' needs.

 

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UMDNJ-Center for continuig Education in the Health Professions-Division of Continuing Dental Education

UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School

110 Bergen Street - Suite B701

Newark, NJ 07103

Important Telephone Numbers:

For CDE Program Information:

973-972-6561

To Register for CDE Program:

1-800-227-4852 or 973-972-4267

To Register by FAX: 973-972-7128

Bad Weather Hotline: 973-972-7434

E-Mail: cce@umdnj.edu

CCE Web Site: http://www.umdnj.edu/cceweb

Division of Continuing Dental Education Staff:

Susan T. Hill, Ed.M. - Administrative Director

Jerome S. Engel, D.D.S. - Dental Director

Janice L. Gibbs, M.A. - Program Development Specialist

Christine Hughes - Management Assistant

Doris Irizarry - Program Assistant

Richard Merkel - Program Assistant

Robert R. Moutrie, Ph.D. - Associate Vice President, Continuing Education

 

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One of the CDE Choices at NJDS:

"The Internet: On the Road to Everywhere and Everyone! A Hands-On Exploration"

Focused workshops include:

Dentistry in the Year 2010

World Wide Web Design and Marketing

  • Using the Internet to Collect Information on Your Market and Your Competition
  • Using the Internet to Collect Information on Computer-Assisted Diagnosis in Dentistry

Faculty:

Rufus Caine, D.d.s., M.p.h.

Associate Professor of Oral Pathology, Biology and Diagnostic Sciences

Martin Giniger, D.m.d., Ph.d.

Assistant Professor of Oral Pathology, Biology and Diagnostic Sciences

Joseph M. Holtzman, Ph.d.

Associate Professor of General and Hospital Dentistry

Richard L. Montgomery, D.d.s., M.p.h.

Associate Professor of Oral Pathology, Biology and Diagnostic Sciences

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 1997

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School, Newark, New Jersey

Tuition: $195.00 for all registrants

Credits: 6 Credit Hours

Course Code: D0805