Don’t Fall for the Usual Continuing Education Trap
“I can go back and use this on Monday morning.”…
This is a classic line that you’ll often hear when looking at promotional materials for continuing education courses. It’s actually 100% true and for those who don’t know here is what happens…
Joe Dentist spends $3500 to take the latest and greatest 3-day course: “Regenerating Gingival Attachment with Laser Beams” (Laser beams make everything more awesome).
Joe gets to sit in a stuffy classroom all weekend at a fancy resort marvelling at the powerpoint slides the lecturer has constructed to show how incredibly simple their new technique is and to demonstrate their seemingly ‘God-like’ abilities to repair the gingiva.
Joe drifts in and out mentally throughout the 8 hour days and manages to retain the odd tidbit of information while leaving the final day feeling refreshed, as the course ended early!
As if ending early wasn’t good enough, Joe packs up his laser that he was provided FREE OF CHARGE and can’t wait to get back to his office to zap some gums with it.
It’s Monday Morning…
Joe returns to his office (Just ‘beaming’ as he walks in – pun intended!). Joe fills in his long-time assistant about how things are going to change with this new technique. He explains how to get everything set up and is elated that their test subject has arrived. Joe warms up his laser in the back room and takes a couple test shots (pew!… pew!…….. pew!), it seems to be functioning properly. A little positive self-talk and Joe enters the room to see his patient.
He explains to his patient how he will totally transform them with his new laser, as it’s truly cutting edge. Joe zaps away for a while, then zaps some more. What he sees in the mouth doesn’t look much like what he saw on the powerpoint slides… how could this be?
Nevertheless, Joe finishes up only mildly satisfied with his work.
It’s Wednesday Morning
Joe comes to work again, this time feeling hopeful that his next laser grafting will go as planned. He goes through the same routine and this time, he gets the same result. Something isn’t right. Joe Dentist knows that he is impeccable at everything, so naturally his laser is likely to blame.
After a few more tries in the coming week, Joe gives up and puts his laser in the office drawer where it will collect dust over the next decade. He reverts back to his old ways, opens a scalpel and waves it in the air making audible slicing sounds (swish….shooop – it just wasn’t the same.)
Joe is depressed that he spent $3500, but at least he got some CE points and a vacation out of it. Unfortunately, this not an isolated happening in the dental continuing education world. With so much to choose from, so many ‘experts’, and so much marketing to boot…it can be really challenging to find worthwhile, practical continuing education.
Where Can I Find Practical, Affordable, Convenient Dental Continuing Education?
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