With new advancements in the orthodontic field happening regularly, there are many things to learn to stay up to date. Continuing education (CE) for orthodontists and staff is an important part of staying relevant and giving the best care to your patients. Here is some information to make it easier to find the classes you need to keep you and your staff in-the-know about orthodontics.
Why do you need CE for orthodontists?
With your already busy schedule, taking CE can seem like an additional burden. But it is actually required to be a practicing orthodontist, and each state has different CE requirements. To make it easy to find information on your state, consider joining the American Association of Orthodontics. The AAO also allows you to track your CE and certifications, and see what CE is available online and in your area.
Continuing education can allow you to differentiate your practice from others in your area by making you aware of the latest methods and newest technology available and giving you the ability to offer them to your patients. CE is also a great way to connect with orthodontists outside of your community, which can lead to referrals if their patients relocate to your area.
Where can you find CE courses?
CE courses are available through multiple different venues, and are available both online and in-person. Orthodontic conferences also offer CE, so if you plan to attend any upcoming conferences, check to see which sessions qualify as CE.
Here are some websites that list upcoming or online CE courses:
Henry Schein Orthodontics – offers continuing education, symposiums, and tradeshows.
Orthodontic Practice, U.S. – a subscription-based website that offers a variety of continuing education
Gerety Orthodontic Seminars – offers orthodontic courses both online and in the classroom.
International Association for Orthodontics – offers different online seminars to view for continuing education credit
3M Health Care Academy – offers orthodontic CE courses, events, and training
These organizations all offer various CE courses throughout the year, with more information about what they offer on their websites.
In addition to taking you should also consider offering free in-person CE courses yourself to dentist offices. This is a great way to connect with local doctors and hygienists, creating networks to funnel more patients into your office. Make the courses fun and engaging, in addition to CE credit, by offering door prizes and having food and drinks available. This will help people be more engaged with your office and make your name one of the first to come to mind when they are looking for an orthodontic practice, whether for themselves or some of their patients.
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