Making the most of postgraduate education

Dr Riaz Yar BDS, MFDS RCS (Edin), MPhil (Restorative), DPDS, Dip Implant Dent RCS (Edin), MPros Dent RCS (Edin) Specialist in Prosthodontics discusses the benefits of postgraduate study.

The educational needs of the dental profession are changing, and now many dentists are considering further postgraduate study to satisfy the need to develop both professionally and as well as personally. Postgraduate education of dentists is required to keep updated and keep pace with on-going developments within the profession and continuing professional development is an on-going requirement for all registered members of the dental team. This is in line with public expectations and good educational practise, with an increasing emphasis on educational input and more formal academic outcomes in postgraduate dental training.

 The benefits of undertaking postgraduate education are not just limited to enhanced clinical skills and better patient outcomes. The 2010 Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) report, ‘One Step Beyond: Making the most of postgraduate education’ sites that over a working lifetime, postgraduates with a Masters degree earn on average 15% more than a graduate with a single degree.

Educational excellence

After graduation, dental professionals are required to become competent surgeons in an increasingly specialised and complex environment outside of the dental school and this has led to the realisation that further dental training is required to meet the daily demands of practicing dentistry. One of the major challenges of delivering postgraduate education is ensuring the delivery of exceptional clinical standards and educational excellence coupled with recognised qualifications.

While dental schools will continue to be the focus for the education and training of undergraduate dental students, it is acknowledged that dental schools alone cannot provide the total learning environment for postgraduate dental training. In order to meet the inevitable increase in demand for training, teaching and learning, innovative approaches are required. It is to this end a highly experienced team of specialists and hospital consultants, including myself, have created Red Square Education to deliver the latest dental scientific knowledge and clinical techniques via an MSc in Restorative Dentistry with accreditation by the University of Chester.

The Red Square MSc in Restorative Dentistry covers all aspects of basic and advanced restorative and aesthetic procedures from a theoretical and practical perspective. The 3-year part-time programme gives GDPs the opportunity to update their knowledge and skills and deliver exceptional patient-centred care whilst increasing their income in NHS, mixed and private practice. The format is designed to fit in with dentists who may already have a busy practice, for example, in the first year the attendance for the programme is one full Saturday per month.

Delivered by a group of renowned international and national speakers who have a passion to interact and educate professional peers, the programme is ideal for dentists who wish to improve their skills and con¬fidence to take on more complex cases using the classic ‘tell-show-do” principle. It is held at the Manchester Dental Education Centre (MANDEC), which offers a full range of facilities for both practical and theoretical learning, and the Riverside Campus, Chester. Additionally, the Postgraduate Certificate (Year 1) may also be undertaken at Dundee Dental Education Centre (DDEC).

Continuous professional development

In private practice at Square Advanced Dental Care my colleagues and I use many innovative techniques and materials, and these are highlighted during the course, giving delegates an opportunity to discover new procedures and techniques to bring to daily practice. One example of this is the NSK Ti Max Z95L speed increasing micromotor, which we routinely use in practice and on the course. The NSK Z95L speed increasing handpiece, in conjunction with an electrical driven micromotor, enables clinicians to work with greater control, aiding the efficient delivery of modern dentistry.

Electrically driven instruments, such as the NSK Ti Max Z95L speed-increasing contra-angle, are well known for their flexibility and for operating at vastly reduced noise levels, plus electric micromotors can be fully integrated into the delivery system of most dental treatment units. When integration is not an option they can easily be added in form of a stand-alone tabletop. Modern rotary instruments like these are lighter, smaller and more ergonomically designed to reduce operator fatigue and to maximise visibility of the operative field, which can be a substantial advantage clinically. 

NSK has built a solid reputation for quality products, which are recognised as some of the best and most innovative across the industry. They are known as the premier rotary instrument supplier in the United Kingdom and the key to their success is the quality of their products and service, which from my perspective has been fantastic. We have been greatly assisted by Pauline Jones, NSK’s Northern Product Specialist who offers technical support to our delegates on all our courses.

Red Square Dental – NSK is proud to support the Certificate in Restorative Dentistry (Awarding body University of Chester) delivered by Red Square Dental. Red Square Dental is a team of specialists and hospital consultants providing the latest dental scientific knowledge and clinical techniques. All Red Square courses aim to improve skills and confidence and help GDPs deliver exceptional patient-centred care. For more information visit www.redsquaredental.com

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