Continuing professional development in implant dentistry in Europe

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Continuing professional development in implant dentistry in Europe
Author(s) Ucer, Cemal ; Botticelli, Daniele ; Stavropoulos, Andreas ; Cowpe, Jonathan
Date 2014
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INTRODUCTION: Training for dental practitioners in implant dentistry ranges from 1- or 2-day short Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses to certificate/diploma programmes run by universities. In general, the teaching of implant dentistry in Europe lacks structure and standardisation. This paper aims to: (i) identify the current trends in CPD in implant dentistry in Europe; (ii) identify potential and limitations with regards to the design and implementation of CPD activities in implant dentistry; (iii) provide recommendations on the future structure and development of CPD activities in implant dentistry. METHODS: A search of the literature was undertaken in PubMed for manuscripts published in English after 2000 reporting on CPD in dentistry and in implant dentistry in particular. In addition, an electronic survey was conducted, investigating the attitudes towards CPD among a wide group of stakeholders in implant dentistry education. CONCLUSIONS: There is a wide diversity of educational pathways towards achieving competences in implant dentistry through CPD. At present, there is a need for improving the CPD structures in implant dentistry, strengthening the quality assurance and encouraging standardisation and transparency of the learning outcomes. Development of a structured CPD system with clearly defined educational objectives mapped against specific levels of competence is recommended.
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Publisher Wiley
Host/Issue European Journal of Dental Education;s1
Volume 18
ISSN 1600-0579
Pages 33-42
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) continuing professional development
implant dentistry
postgraduate dental education
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
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