As implants become a more widespread treatment modality, every dentist is going to encounter them in their patients. Whether a dentist wants to get involved in implant dentistry or not this means they will need to have a fundamental knowledge of implant dentistry at the earliest opportunity in their career in order to properly care for these patients.
With a choice of implant training courses available, The Revu talks to ITI Fellows Charlotte Stilwell and Eoin O’Sullivan to discover what makes the ITI Foundation in Implant Dentistry (FID) the one that every dentist needs to get involved in to ensure they receive the best introduction to every aspect of implant dentistry.
In partnership with Straumann, the highly-regarded ITI FID course has been running now for 10 years. Both Eoin and Charlotte are heavily involved in the coordination of the course and have been instrumental in the structure and development of the FID since its inception. Both strongly believe that FID offers the best foundation for dentists to build their implant career upon. It builds on basic principles and gives dentists the ability to extend – no matter which implant system they use – their knowledge and understanding of how implants work and how to safely implement what they learn through academic learning and mentoring.
As Charlotte explained, “Implant dentistry is a huge discipline centred on lifelong learning, so FID has been designed to offer a solid, sound beginning based on the ITI philosophy of the principles of patient-centred, evidence-based treatment. It takes our students on a logical journey following the patient from initial assessment, through planning, placing, restoring and maintaining the implant for the long term.”
“The FID course is a structured, modular course taught by a broad faculty of ITI Fellows and Members whom have been deliberately chosen not just for their experience in implant dentistry but also because they are inspirational, approachable and experienced in delivery of dental education. As part of the programme and in line with the training standards recommended by the FGDP and the GDC, we actively encourage delegates to enlist the help of a personal mentor to help them with clinical aspects. This enables delegates to get the best value out of the course and have someone there to support them as they apply what they have learnt in practice.”
“On top of that, we have the ITI Online Academy which offers a structured live ‘textbook’ that complements and supports the course’s didactic teaching and is also proving to be a very valuable ongoing educational tool.”
Getting the fundamentals in place
Unlike many other implant courses, the FID does not offer a live skills element at this stage of the curriculum, and this is for good reason. FID believes that a local, practice-based mentor arrangement with treatment of own patients in a familiar setting is more conducive to establishing both initial and ongoing support for professional development in implant therapy.
“It’s central to ITI philosophy that the patient and the benefit for the patient must be kept in mind. You need to be in the right place in terms of your knowledge and skills that you have developed before you can really start applying that to patient therapy” added Charlotte.
Return on investment
On completion of the FID course delegates have the option of continuing postgraduate education by doing an MSc in Implant Dentistry at University of Bristol or the University of Lancashire. FID is approved to be used as credit toward the first year of their MSc, and subject to individual assessment, successful applicants have the option to enter directly into the second year of the MSc.
However, as Eoin explains, “Not everyone chooses to move onto formal further education. The beauty of the course is that it gives you a comprehensive introduction to implant dentistry but without any long-term commitment. It offers a variety of different options and delegates are not committed to one specific path. It opens up many doors. Some may say they’ve seen what surgery involves and it’s not for them, but do want to focus on restoring implants. It’s a way of exploring the world of implants to find your own level.”
An exciting new FID offering from 2018 is the option of obtaining the international ITI Curriculum Certificates in Implant Dentistry. With the combination of the FID modular course and the Online Academy learning modules the participants will be well prepared for the Certificate exams.
“It’s a fact that more and more patients will come into your practice either wanting implants or they already have implants and we need to take care of them” said Charlotte. “Today’s dentists need to be able to demonstrate that they have the required background knowledge and confidence in assessing implants, providing routine maintenance, spotting problems and referring on if necessary, even if they do not wish to make a career in implant dentistry. The FID can help them do just that, and much, much more.”
Bookings are now being taken for the next Foundation in Implant Dentistry starting in February 2019. For further information or to reserve your place, please call the Straumann Education Department on +44 (0) 1293 651270 or visit the Straumann education website
EARLY BIRD OFFER: Book before November 30th for a £900 discount
MFDS RCS Eng 2000, MSc Lond 1997, BDentSC Dubl 1991,
Specialist in Prosthodontics, ITI Fellow and ITI Education Delegate UK & Ireland Section
Dr Charlotte Stilwell
Specialist in Prosthodontics, ITI Fellow, Member of the ITI Board of Directors, Chair of the ITI Curriculum Task Force and Senior Editor of the ITI Online Academy
Facebook: Straumann UK