I wish to achieve following aspects by this online study group:
- Ease of access:
- The dental peers should have access to continuing education in their free time (when patient does not show up or cannot go to sleep at night) rather than making pre-commitments for continuing education in our busy life. An on-line study group would likely to provide ease of access.
- Independent and nonobligatory participation
- Non-obligatory participation: The participation in this continuing education is completely non-obligatory (you don’t need to be a referring dentist or will not be asked to contribute in any way).
- Not influenced by dental dealers/manufacturers in marketing sense: I wish to run it as a non-profit, independent (not supported by dental manufacturers) continuing education activity, that would be supported by dental peers by writing blogs on clinically relevant matters.
- Made for clinicians, made by clinicians:
- The blogs need to be clinically relevant, that can be contributed by any clinician. Currently, it is me but it is an open pedestal – I do not wish it to be a one man show.
- Please, if you have any clinically relevant case/matter, please let me know for discussion in study club.
- If you can ask questions related to blogs that would be a best way to contribute as well.
- CPD points: I am aware that it is possible to register this activity for CPD points, it will happen in a month or two so that your time will acknowledged. But, this is not as big priority as setting up a quality education based on sound principles. Till then, let the hunger of knowledge be the driving force.
I always felt that it is extremely demanding to keep up with all the developments in different disciplines for a clinician, this stage is designed to help at least in one area currently – periodontics and dental implants; which would possibly expand in future. I will highly appreciate if you can tell about this activity to your professional colleagues (dentists and OHTs).
Dr. Amit Shah