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  Posted by: The Probe      11th June 2021

As we know, the dental industry is ever-changing, and as technological advancements continue to drive the industry forward, it is important to stay up-to-date.

Knowledge underpins all patient care which is why finding the most effective ways to continue to advance your education -–whatever stage you are at in your career – will help to ensure you know all the latest clinical techniques available, so you can provide your patients with the best treatment outcomes.

There are many ways to keep abreast of industry innovations and developments, but here is a reminder of some tips and tactics to help you build on your knowledge and expand your skillset, to keep your patients front and centre.

Stay connected on social media

Be sure to like and follow your favourite and well-respected healthcare brands and professional communities via your social media. This will help curate a steady stream of industry news and updates, including local conferences and events, into your news feed.

Some social feeds aimed at the professional community will often share visual aids, like graphs and infographics, which are worth saving to your personal resource pack so you can refer to them later on.

Attend conferences and seminars

Whether virtual or physical, attending a conference opens you up to benefit from the knowledge and experience of fellow dental professionals and industry leaders, often from across the world. It is also a great opportunity to talk to companies who are exhibiting that you think offer solutions that may be an asset to your practice.

As well as gathering CPD, attending an event gives you the opportunity to learn more about why other professionals in the field may favour particular methods or certain technologies. This provides you with a new perspective that you could bring back to the practice to enhance the experience of your own team and patients.

Sign up to workshops and in-person training

Physical classes and workshops, when up and running again, are fantastic ways to get hands-on experience to acquire a new skill, or to refresh a skill you may have learned earlier on in your training. During a live course, you are able to practise these skills and often get to grips with some state-of-the-art technology and materials that you might not have in your practice – all while benefitting from the guidance and feedback of an instructor.

Log in to webinars

Webinars have soared in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic[i] and can be a great way to supplement invaluable hands-on learning. Clinicians often value these online seminars for their flexibility as they don’t require any time away from the practice, and can be watched whenever is convenient – whether that be during your morning coffee or on your lunch break. Webinars also have a financial benefit as any costs involved with travelling and hotels are eliminated, making them a cost-effective way to study a wide range of subjects in visual format, at a time when suits you.

An education hub like no other

There are many resources out there to help keep dental professionals abreast of the latest in everything from preventive care to diagnostics, technologies and treatment concepts. However, it can be hard to know where to start looking for them, and find the time to ensure they are from quality sources. This is where the Association of Dental Implantology (ADI) comes in.

By joining the ADI, those who are providing dental implants, or interested in growing this aspect of their practice, can readily access a wide range of invaluable educational resources.

Members can benefit from a varied and extensive events and courses calendar incorporating a mix of online and offline sessions. These include free webinars on a range of specialist subjects, and live events such as study clubs, masterclasses, and conferences that offer the opportunity for hands-on teaching as COVID-19 restrictions are eased.

Joining the ADI community also includes a free premium membership of Dentinal Tubules. The vast online content library is an incredible asset when looking to advance your knowledge – giving 24/7 access to the very best dental educators speaking on the latest clinical techniques, business learning, and core compliance topics. The platform also provides tools to make it easy to manage your Professional Development Plan.

All this comes in addition to access to prestigious journals including the EDI Journal and the highly rated Clinical Oral Implants Research journal (COIR), together with networking and mentoring opportunities, and much more.

Advance your learning

The ADI package of resources makes it easy for members to fit studying into a busy schedule so they can build their knowledge, complete their professional development, and provide the best for their patients. Why not check it out today?

 

For more information about the ADI, or to join, please visit the website www.adi.org.uk

 

[i] Webinar popularity. British Dental Journal. Available at: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41415-020-1686-4

[Last accessed 14.04.2021].




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