Never mind the confusion in guidelines between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland the deluge of online education events has been almost overwhelming!

Implant companies tell me the thirst for online education has been huge. No surprise, I suppose, as the last thing dentists are good at is twiddling their thumbs, doing nothing.

However, as I see the broader picture of education portrayed through various news broadcasts, debates and what is being offered online I cannot help but look back at the history of and smile. I accept there is not a lot to smile about at the moment, so, why do I smile? Eleven years ago, let me say that again, eleven years ago, I said there is no real need for dentists to take time away from their business, family, home or office to attend lectures at some distant location. The learning can be delivered online in a way that can fit around your business and family life.

Fast forward to today, I think my statement has been confirmed. University students are attending lectures at home. Dentists are doing the same. Unfortunately, it has taken the current crisis to help people realise this. It has been quite flattering to see some other course providers try to follow in our footsteps.

More significantly however, eleven years ago I was also promoting the importance of engaging and interactive- learning as opposed to the e-publishing events that were, and still are, so common. Consider sitting through a conventional lecture, your mind wonders as you consider the traffic on the way home, the cost of the lecture due to lost time in your practice or even what’s for dinner? The learning opportunity has gone! It does not need to be like that!

Technology has continued to move on, as we engage with virtual reality, enhanced reality and mixed reality, distance learning will become ever more exciting and rewarding for everyone involved.

Don’t worry though, I am not suggesting there is no need for face to face learning. That is why the SmileTube programme was developed around a Blended-Learning model.

As pioneers in this field and with our proven eleven-year track record, our company, ProfiVision Ltd., is now helping other course providers get their programme online in an engaging and interactive way.

If you would like to hear more about how we may be able to help you get your programme converted for online delivery, with participant feedback and tracking, please email:

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If you would like to explore more about current trends in implant education and training, please visit

Innovative Trends in Implant Dentistry Training and Education: A Narrative Review

by Ana Santos Ferro 1,2,Ken Nicholson 3,4 and Sreenivas Koka 5,6,7,8,*


What students say about our courses
Dr. Andrew Dixon
GDP, working in Whickham Dental Practicw, Newcastle

Got the written confirmation from the exams department (RCS Edinburgh) this week so nice to have a hard copy of the results in my hand!! Many thanks for your guidance over the last year or so. The UIYC was set at a perfect level with just the right amount of content to get you through the diploma.

Dr. Chameera Fernando
GDP, working in Northampton

The print outs will be really useful as I wanted to go over the lectures again and start making notes and memorising the information.

Dr Lucy Nichols BDS MFDSRCS MSc.
GDP, working in New Malden with a special interest in aesthetic/cosmetic dentistry and implantology

The flexibility of doing the theory on-line has been fantastic. Far more convenient and cost effective than other courses. And it's useful to be able to revisit a lecture. Having patients provided and having a relatively local mentor has also been a big advantage over many other courses.

Dr C. Lappin BSc.(Hons), BDS(Hons), FDS RCS(Eng)
GDP, practicing in Belfast

Amazing! This is a very useful resource.

Dr. Andrew Dixon

I really enjoyed being able to complete the course at my own pace but with you in the background giving the occasional nudge so you dont loose focus. Obviously this also makes it very cost effective as there was much less time off work than on other courses. The supply of papers / reading material although daunting at first was excellent and actually essential for the diploma.

Dr R.D BDS Manc
General Dental Practitioner working in Manchester and did the Ultimate Implant Year Course in 2013

The UIYC is a very informative course especially for me who had a limited exposure to implant dentistry. It has certainly improved my knowledge in this domain with its very well structured online theoretical modules coupled with the improvement of my surgical skills via the monthly hands-on practical sessions. I managed to place a number of implants in the space of ten months. The good aspects of this course are that it provides you with patients to work with and it fits around your work schedule. Wished I found this course a few years earlier!

Dr Clair Kilgarriff, B Dent Sc, TCD
GDP practicing in Dublin with a special interest in orthodontics and implant dentistry

Ken Nicholson was my tutor for the certificate year in implant dentistry from the University of Warwick. He was one of the best lecturers I have had in my under and postgraduate training. He is methodical and clear in his delivery. Above all he is open to the viewpoints of others and most helpful in directing a student to further knowledge.

David Magilton BDS
GDP working in Lanarkshire and a current Ultimate Implant Year Course delegate

I thought that the intro to the UIYC was brilliant. We were given the perfect amount of information on this fascinating subject and this has given me a great insight into implant dentistry. It has also made me very keen to learn more and place my first implant. The smiletube site is an amazing resource and I appreciate the hard work you must have put into it.

Dr. Paul Howlett

The Ultimate Year Implant Course has been an excellent programme of education and learning. The flexibility of being able to work through the detailed online learning material at your own pace and when it best suits make it the perfect course to schedule around busy work and family life. In addition the experience gained through the clinical days has been 1st class with superb mentorship and clinical coaching. I would have no hesitation in recommending this course to anyone wishing to introduce dental implants into their clinical practice.

Dr Ramya Balasubramanian
General Dentist working in San Diego

Amazing program!.