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Fall workshop targets advanced evidence-based dentistry skills


EBD excellence: Dr. Partha Mukherji of Fort Worth, Texas, presents a lecture at the 2012 ADA Evidence-Based Dentistry Champions Conference about his experiences as an EBD Champion. Dr. Mukherji has also completed advanced EBD workshops.
The 2013 Evidence-Based Dentistry Champions Conference led Dr. Sibel Dincer to an eye-opening conclusion: she wanted to learn a lot more about EBD.

So she jumped at the opportunity to continue participating in unique ADA EBD continuing education sessions, such as this fall's Advanced Evidence-Based Dentistry Workshop: Assessing the Quality of Evidence. The workshop will take place Oct. 21-25 at ADA Headquarters in Chicago.

At the sixth annual Champions conference held in April, Dr. Dincer, an assistant professor at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of University of Southern California, appreciated learning about structured literature searches and ways to effectively marry clinical expertise to patients' needs and preferences while applying the best available evidence. She vowed to become a Champion and spread the word about EBD to colleagues, which is part of the conference credo.

But the introductory course work also heightened her interest in advanced approaches to investigating scientific literature and other aspects of EBD. So Dr. Dincer hopes to return to Chicago this fall to fortify her Champions tool kit with more robust EBD techniques.

One thing she looks forward to learning in the five-day advanced workshop is how to judge a scientific article by more than its cover, so to speak.

"An article has an introduction, a summary, discussion, method and then conclusion," she said. "We're actually not very used to looking at methodology. We only look at summary and conclusion. Sometimes, if we want to look for some stories and then some definitions, we go to the intro; but nobody looks at methodology. And sometimes in methodology you have to see, well, does that absolutely apply in your case. If you don't look at methodology you are overlooking a big, very important detail. Maybe it is not applicable to your case. Or maybe this methodology is not perfect, even though it's published."

The workshop will include courses covering such EBD topics as asking precise, structured clinical questions; understanding clinical trial design; and calculating and using odds ratio, risk reduction, relative risk and numbers to implement EBD in practice and teaching.

Instructors will include Dr. Richard Niederman, a professor and chair, Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, and director, Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, College of Dentistry, New York University; Dr. Derek Richards, director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry at Oxford University; Dr. Elliot Abt, adjunct associate professor of Oral Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago and attending staff at Illinois Masonic Medical Center; and Julie Frantsve-Hawley, Ph.D., senior director of the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry.

Dr. Partha Mukherji of Fort Worth, Texas, is a Champion who has shared his experiences as a speaker at subsequent Champion
conferences. He also completed the advanced course when it was a collaboration between the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry and the Forsyth Institute in Cambridge, Mass.

"It's like an appetizer and a main course," Dr. Mukherji said. "The advanced workshop is like a main course. Not only did you learn all the concepts about EBD, but now this workshop is looking at the evidence and you're engrossed in how to appraise it. The coolest thing is that it's small group sessions in addition to a large group session. So when you're broken up with Julie or Elliot, you can go through an article. You read the article. You do some homework. The next day you talk about that article and you look at the flaws. You dissect the article and you can see, 'Yes, this is really an inconclusive research article, or you could say, 'Hey, this is actually a pretty good piece—pretty good evidence—to apply chairside.'"

Tuition is $2,000 for members and $2,500 for nonmembers. Participants will earn continuing education credits.

Applications, which will be considered on a rolling admission basis, are due by Sept. 15. Candidates must complete an application form. To apply, visit the website.

For more information about the advanced EBD course, contact Erica Vassilos, manager, ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, at ext. 2523 or email vassilose@ada.org.