Strong global attendance for Dentsply Sirona’s Clinical Education
The statistics prove it: Dentsply Sirona has its finger on the pulse of the relevant educational topics in dentistry. In 2019, more than 470,000 dental professionals across 97 countries participated in one or more courses. More than three-fourths of participants were dentists, 4% were hygienists, and nearly 20,000 were dental technicians. Also, the number of participating students grew to more than 41,000. Altogether, they took part in almost 15,000 courses, including live lectures, product training, train-the-trainer sessions, self-instructional courses, webinars, and hands-on workshops.
COVID-19: A catalyst for digital dentistry and education
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many traditional workflows and procedures in dental practices are currently being evaluated, because of the enhanced hygiene requirements. The digital workflow and single visit dentistry are becoming increasingly important as it enables more contactless work processes and communication. Also, it can limit the number of office visits needed for dental treatment. While dentists may have been hesitant to go digital in the past, they can see the value of adopting digital solutions in their offices.
Thanks to its many years of leadership and innovation in digital dentistry, Dentsply Sirona offers the state-of-the-art digital solutions for a wide range of dental procedures, perfectly adapted to the current needs of dentists and dental technicians. Since the introduction of the Primescan intraoral scanner, the interest in digital dentistry has increased noticeably in the market. Dentsply Sirona has organised comprehensive Clinical Education programmes and resources specifically designed to support customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Like many other aspects of the dental industry, in-person clinical education and workshops were no longer possible during the COVID-19 outbreak. Many dental professionals have been using the time to improve their knowledge about various dental fields such as infection prevention, endodontics, and implant dentistry using the Dentsply Sirona online courses. Since the start of the corona pandemic, more than 377,000 people around the globe registered for 636 Dentsply Sirona Academy live webinars over 10 weeks. Enrolment and completion of the on-demand courses are also rising – with almost 10,764 new programme enrolees in the last couple of months. Attendance peaked in late April and has steadily declined since then, as dental professionals turned their attention back to resuming dental services. Even so, Dentsply Sirona's pace of educational offerings remains strong. Webinars are settling in at a “new normal” of up to 48 webinars/week, three times higher than pre-pandemic. The on-demand library now contains 154 courses.
The programme’s three key course topics remain the same: endodontics, implant dentistry, and restorative dentistry. Additionally, there is still a steady interest in CAD/CAM, preventive dentistry and ultrasonic instrumentation and imaging. However, there is a noticeable spike in programme participants for classes on hygiene, infection prevention, risk minimisation, and practical implementation during the COVID-19 crisis.
Dentsply Sirona is staying ahead of challenges
"The past few months have not been easy. Dealing with the pandemic, the massive reduction in the number of treatments in the practice has been an enormous challenge," summarised Dr Lori Trost, dentist from Red Bud, Illinois, United States. "I was able to make good use of the time for further training and was particularly grateful for the very early information on infection prevention when establishing new practice protocols in the webinars and on-demand courses offered by Dentsply Sirona".
“The dental profession is globally respected for its commitment to the prevention of oral diseases and to patient safety. Similarly, the profession is recognised for its willingness to adapt to challenging situations, including disease outbreaks, in order to support the public health and well-being. I am glad that we have faced the current pandemic together with our customers. We have focused our attention on providing them with helpful clinical resources, including a comprehensive webinar offering and on-demand courses,” explained Dr Terri Dolan, chief clinical officer of Dentsply Sirona. “Supporting the dental profession and the safe delivery of dental services remains a primary focus of these seminars. We see the use of educational technologies as a great way to support our customers, introduce new clinical concepts, and explain procedures and solutions. Providing these educational opportunities, paired with our leading materials and technologies, is key to empowering dental professionals and improving dental care and oral health.”
In developing and providing courses, Dentsply Sirona actively collaborates with clinical and technical experts in all aspects of dentistry. Curricula are developed in collaboration with universities and dental schools, as well as professional dental organisations, to support dental professionals around the world.
More information about webinars and on-demand courses is available on Dentsply Sirona website.