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Find chairside value in scientific literature at advanced EBD workshop

Enrich and renew your dental education and skill set in the fall at the Advanced Evidence-Based Dentistry Workshop: Assessing the Quality of Evidence, which takes places Oct. 21-25 at ADA Headquarters.

The application deadline has been extended to Sept. 25.

Need a couple of strong reasons to consider the workshop as a way to boost your dental knowhow and credentials? Consider the everyday practice challenges the workshop will address.

"I think that there are two issues," said workshop lead instructor Dr. Richard Niederman. "One is the overwhelming amount of information that's coming at clinicians, patients, insurers, instructors and any academic institution teaching oral health. The data we have indicates that there's more than one clinical trial per day, 365 days per year in each clinical specialty. That's more than anybody can identify, obtain, read, analyze and implement in their practice. So that's the problem. How do you keep up?

"As important as keeping up is how you stay current so you stay out of trouble. We learn new things. We have to stop doing certain things and start doing other things. And if we don't stay current, we place ourselves at risk."

Dr. Niederman, a professor and chair, Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, and director, Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, College of Dentistry, New York University, said that the workshop will help teach practicing dentists, for one, how to cut through the jumble of scientific literature and get what they need far quicker than before.

Aside from Dr. Niederman, instructors will include Dr. Derek Richards, director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry at Oxford University; Julie Frantsve-Hawley, Ph.D., senior director of the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry; and Dr. Elliot Abt, adjunct associate professor of Oral Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago and attending staff at Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Aspects of EBD to be explored include asking precise, structured clinical questions; understanding clinical trial design; understanding and using medical statistics; and how to critique scientific literature. The instructors designed each section to help workshop participants implement EBD in practice and teaching.

Dr. Abt, who will address medical statistics as well as study design, said the small group discussions are among his favorite aspects of the workshop.

"One of the nicest things about the workshop is that we work in a big group, which is about 35 to 40 or so participants," he said. "But then we break up into four or so small groups of about 10 or 12 participants, and we really start to dissect the papers more fully, whether it's a trial, a systematic review or even a clinical guideline. The small group is really helpful. It's really interactive. It's like a journal club with a lot of back and forth."

Workshop tuition is $2,500. ADA members get 20 percent off the cost. Participants will earn continuing education credits. All candidates must complete an application form. To apply, visit ada.org/advancedebd.aspx.

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.