When Dr. Ziad Jalbout, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry, discovered that some of his students in the Advanced Programs
for International Dentists were unfamiliar with the minimally invasive restoration preparation methods that are standard procedure in NYUCD’s clinics, he realized that a revision to the curriculum was in order.
Dr. Jalbout, a native of Lebanon and a graduate of the DDS program, the International Program in Implant Dentistry, and the Implant Dentistry Fellowship Program, says, "I felt that our international general
and aesthetic dentistry program students needed to be brought uptodate on basic preparation techniques if they were to successfully learn advanced concepts, such as smile analysis and implant overdenture fabrication. So I created Lab Procedures in Operative Dentistry, the first required course in standard restorative techniques for students in the Advanced Programs for International Dentists.
"Since introducing the course in September 2005," he says, "our students have become more skilled in composite and endodontic restorations, as well as in veneers, inlays and onlays." According to Ms. Dolores Spinelli, Senior Director for the Advanced Programs for International Dentists, "Helping students to master the fundamentals has made Dr. Jalbout a role model for students from around the world and earned him the title Director of Preclinical Training for the Advanced Programs for International Dentists."
Many students continue to stay in touch with Dr. Jalbout after they graduate through membership in the International Implant Dentistry Alumni Association, which Dr. Jalbout cofounded five years ago. "One of my main goals when I become the Alumni Association’s President next year," Dr. Jalbout says, "will be to make our annual meeting more of an international showcase, with a greater number of presentations on innovative research and treatment by professors from schools overseas.
"As we move forward," he adds, "we’ll continue to emphasize the new and the novel—without ever forgetting the basics."