"I created Dental Online Training to allow dentists, dental assistants and dental students to learn hands-on techniques at their pace."
Dr. Dennis Hartlieb
Why Did I Start DOT?
I have noticed in my years of teaching hands-on workshops to dentists (and dental students) that there is a large discrepancy in the learning rates of the participants.
Like any other bell curve, some of the dentists/students understand the concepts well and are ready to move on very quickly to the next step in the hands-on procedures. Unfortunately, these participants need to wait for the instructor to move ahead to the next step and are often bored while waiting for the rest of the class to catch up.
Then there are some dentists who are new to the concepts and find it challenging to keep up with the instruction. These students often rush through the techniques, just trying to keep up and don't have the time to process the information and techniques that are presented.
So I created Dental Online Training to allow dentists, dental assistants and dental students to learn hands-on techniques at their pace.
The courses are broken into two main sections:
I share my lecture with clinical cases and important information on a particular subject (e.g. Class IV composite)
I demonstrate the technique (e.g. Class IV composite) step by step on a video (recorded through my personal microscope).
I send the participant a kit that has the same tooth model, burs, composites, etc., that I use to complete the technique on the video.
For instance with the Class IV technique, the participants create a bevel on the fractured tooth model after watching how I create my bevels. The bur that I use to create the bevel is included in the kit. Step-by-step, in short modules, I show the build-up of dentin shades and enamel layers (composites included), to contour and do a final polishing of the restoration (contouring burs and polishing discs included).
Each portion is broken down into 1-to 4-minute modules
The participant can be certain that they understand the concept being explained/taught in that section before moving ahead. They can go back and re-watch any section that they didn't thoroughly understand.
I see an opportunity for dentists to learn at their own pace without the expense of travel and tuition of traditional hands-on programs. I think that these DOT programs will provide the dentist/student with a strong foundation so that they can truly take advantage of the live hands-on programs. The DOT programs can also be used as a way to review and keep practicing after they come back from live hands-on courses.