Like many other industries, dental industry undergoes major changes within a short span of time mainly due to technological advancement and novel scientific innovations. While dental colleges do provide dental students with the right information which is required to help them in their professional career it is hard to keep up with the technology advances and keep students updated about the latest developments in the field of dentistry. There are various CDE programmes that are conducted focusing on different fields of dentistry covering different aspects to help you boost your clinical knowledge, skills and talent for a better career growth in the future.
One of the main reasons why continuing dental education is important for the graduates and dental professionals at large is to stay updated about the latest techniques and technologies that enhance the practice. Rapid technological transformation is changing the face of dentistry and enabling dentists to improve their practice to provide their patients with pain-free dental treatment. However, new-age technological machines and equipment need certain amount of learning curve which is possible only through continuing dental education. At times, there are just too many technological options available in the market and practitioners are unsure which equipment is the best for their practice. With continued education, dentists understand why and which technologies are best suited for their practice.
Secondly, continuing education also helps dentists with license renewal and other legal matters with government authorities. Continuing dental education helps practitioners to improve their practice and thereby provide the best treatment possible which also benefits the patients immensely. Different states have their own requirements and it is important for the dentists to stay updated about the new laws and legalities that can lead to smooth functioning of the practice.
Continuing dental education also fosters team participation and learning. Being in a team is a great way to learn new things because you get to understand different perspectives and ways to reach a common goal. Such learning experiences also boost your business and leadership qualities and help you to speak out and share clinical knowledge with peers. Hence, continuing dental education is an excellent way to build camaraderie and enhance your professional & clinical knowledge as a team. While there are distance learning options available for continued education, but majority of the practitioners still prefer to choose classroom-based CDE programmes where they get live demonstrations, interact directly with the speakers and experts and gain different views from peers attending the session.
Apart from enhancing your clinical knowledge, it is also important to focus on your communicative skills. Dental colleges often do not touch this aspect of dentistry in detail, but effective communication is crucial to professional success. If you have excellent communication skills you can make your practice more efficient. It also instills confidence in your patients, as patients observe your body language and your communication with your staff and perceive your level of expertise in dentistry, irrespective of your knowledge on the subject matter. While you understand the difference of responsibilities between the clinical and administrative teams, the patient should see cohesiveness & proper interaction in the team for complete satisfaction.
Indian Dental Association’s (IDA) Educational Training Centre offers an array of hands-on courses/continuous dental education programmes that focus on essential skills and principles that help dental professionals and students to continue their journey of providing better oral health care to their patients. Each programme focuses on specialized subject matter that promotes contemporary key concepts of dentistry and how it can be improved using cutting-edge research and advanced dental technology.