How many hours should a dental school devote to predoctoral implant instruction and how many professors should be assigned to it? Those were among the issues addressed at a twoday conference in January sponsored by Nobel Biocare™ at its training institute in New Jersey for representatives from NYUCD and 16 other dental schools in the United States, Canada, China, Germany and Australia.
The conference was organized by Dr. Leila Jahangiri, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Dr. Louis Blatterfein Department of Prosthodontics, who oversaw the integration of implant training into NYUCD’s predoctoral curriculum in 2005, thanks to major funding from Nobel Biocare. TM At that time, the company made a $5 million gift to NYUCD, half of it earmarked for implant education and half for research and other institutional priorities. Nobel BiocareTM recently provided grants to the 16 additional schools to help them also to incorporate implant training into their predoctoral curricula.
Dr. Jahangiri met with representatives of all the schools to review their curriculum development plans and hosted several of them for a half day at NYUCD
to allow them to observe predoctoral implant training first hand.
In addition to NYUCD, the participating schools were:
- Peking University School of Stomatology
- Shanghai JiaoTong University College of Stomatology
- Sun Yatsen University Guanghua School of Stomatology
- The 4th Military Medical University School of Stomatology
- Tufts University
- University of British Columbia
- University of Freiburg
- University of Hong Kong
- University of Maryland
- University of Sydney
- University of Toronto
- Wuhan University School of Stomatology
- Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine
- Louisiana State University
- Medical College of Georgia