Although a lot of people think that education stops when you graduate, I believe that graduation is just the beginning. One must be a constant student because there is so much change occurring in dentistry and health care. I recently participated in another opportunity to advance my knowledge about some of the latest improvements in dental care. Why is it important to you that I attend these courses?
It matters because the time spent is an investment in the quality of your oral health care. It is so important that the state of Washington now requires dentists to participate in 21 hours of continuing education each year. These courses can be lecture, hands on, online, or out of a magazine. I believe that 21 hours is just a warmup — barely enough to keep somewhat current. If you want to not only keep up, but become a master, it will take a lot more than 21 hours.
I added up the hours I spent in education during 2018. Between the time I spent taking classes and teaching classes, I had 260 hours, and 259 of those hours were either lecture or hands-on courses. That is the equivalent of six-and-a-half 40-hour workweeks! I could have used that time as more vacation time, but I am serious about keeping current and expanding my knowledge for the benefit of my patients and friends.
Dental education is not inexpensive. Not only is the time away from the office and family a big factor, the tuition for good courses is quite high. I have been to a lot of cities and never seen the outside of a hotel except for the taxi ride from the airport to the meeting site! But I am willing to pay the price in time and money to make sure that I can provide you the appropriate care you deserve. By continuing to learn new techniques and protocols, I can provide care to you that is over and above the basics I learned in dental school. For me, that is what it’s all about.
I look forward to caring for you and providing you with the best care possible. Call my office to schedule an appointment!