Social distancing to limit spread of COVID-19 doesn’t have to mean complete isolation or boredom. Whether your dental practice has limited hours or is temporary closed, you can use the extra time you’ve got and take advantage of the numerous continuing education (CE) online courses that are available.
All Ontario dentists must participate in the RCDSO Quality Assurance program and obtain at least 90 CE points every 3 years. If you are unsure which cycle you fall into or want more information on the requirements, you should check out this page. If you haven’t already been logging and keeping track of your CE points in your e-portfolio, now would be a great time to get organized and caught up on any additional credits that you need before the end of your cycle. The College has suspended the Quality Assurance Program for the time being due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but if you have spare time now, why not take it as an opportunity to keep learning and grow your knowledge base?
- The Ontario Dental Association is offering recorded webinars and a variety of e-learning programs with topics ranging from endodontics, oral surgery, the ODA Suggested Fee Guide, and more – at no cost to ODA members. Make sure to take advantage of this opportunity now since the limited-time promotion is only available now until May 31, 2020.
- The Academy of General Dentistry has an extensive selection of courses available in their on-demand library as well as an assortment of upcoming live webinars. There is an AGD Membership Special in response to the pandemic, so if you are an AGD member, there are several courses made available to you at no cost.
- The University of Toronto’s Online Oral Health Teaching Hub, utooth.ca has a compilation of online continuing dental education courses. Registration is free, and once logged in, you will have complete access to the course descriptions and pricing. Dentists can get certification for CE points immediately after course completion.
- The American Dental Association provides an online CE platform consisting of clinical, practice management, and personal development resources, many of which are being offered free of charge to all dentists, regardless of whether you are a member or non-member.
These are just some of the sites that are available, but there are several other organizations (i.e. Patterson Dental, Dentsply Sirona, Straumann, Nobel Biocare, dentalcorp’s DC Institute eLearning platform, and the list goes on) that are also offering frequently posted online webinars and virtual education sessions for dentists while they are restricted in their ability to practice. This shows what a wonderful supporting community we in the dental industry are fortunate to be apart of, where during a time where we are socially distancing physically, we are still finding ways to connect and continue to learn and share with one another.
Please feel free to comment below if you know of any other online learning websites that you think your fellow dental community member could benefit from.
Please be healthy and safe. All the best from your Sowingo team!