In 2010 Dr Ken Nicholson BDS, MSc.(Imp.Dent), was employed by the School of Postgraduate Medical and dental Education at the University of Central Lancashire to redesign the curriculum for the MSc. in Aesthetic Implant Dentistry. Until April 2012 he was an Associate Fellow, Institute of Clinical Education, Warwick Medical School where he was instrumental in developing the MSc. in implant dentistry. He is the founder of the British Society of Oral Implantology, co-founder of the European Journal of Oral Implantology, a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, a member of the Faculty of Examiners RCS Edin., Editorial Board member, European Journal of Oral Implantology, Implant Dentistry Today, Irish Dentist, International Journal of Oral Implantology and Clinical Research.
Having spent the last ten plus years heavily involved in dental implant education Dr Ken Nicholson has listened to his students (and those who did not take up further education and training in implant dentistry) and fully taken on board the good and bad points of courses offered. He has listened to the General Dental Council and academic colleagues. His MSc. dissertation on the “Evolution of Implant Education and Training in the United Kingdom” focused closely on current best practice in medical education and highlighted the many shortcomings of currently available implant courses.
These perspectives combined with a wealth of personal practical experience has allowed Dr Nicholson to produce what is undoubtedly the ultimate course in dental implantology in the UK addressing the issues most pertinent to the potential course delegate, namely;
- Does the course comply with current guidelines?
- Will I need to spend a lot of time away from my Practice?
- How much hands-on training is provided?
- Are patients provided?
- Must I provide patients for treatment?
- What recognition do I get at the end of this course?
- Can I offer my patients a discount if treated on the course?
- Who is ultimately responsible for the treatment (medico-legally)?
- What happens if my patient’s treatment is not completed before the end of the course?
- How much does it all cost?
Each of the above questions is based on those most frequently asked by practitioners enquiring about implant courses over a ten year period. Each has been addressed to produce a course that provides the ultimate solution for the GDP and his/her patients, fully complies with current recommendations and furthermore incorporates the latest thinking and technology in medical/dental education.
Online lectures – watch and listen when it suits you! (Reduces time away from Practice).
Online assessment – each online module is accompanied by a short test. All modules must be successfully completed in chronological order prior to progression to the next module and advancement on the course.
Online technique videos – (I hear and I forget, I see and I remember) – follow this with hands on supervised surgery on provided patients to produce the ultimate learning experience! – (I do and I understand). Return to these time and time again to see what is involved in a particular procedure.
Supervised surgery/restorative – (I do and I understand) - Whatever your level of confidence, competence and expertise you will be closely supervised and guided at every stage during surgery and restoration.
Feedback – An essential component of any learning experience. This will be provided for both the online and practical components of the course in a written format suited for inclusion in the implant case portfolio. Each delegate will be provided with a personal tutor.