From left: Dr. Sergio Jakob, Dr. Jose Kozel, Dr. Mladen M. Kuftinec, Dr. Celestino Nobrega, and Mr. H. Kendall Beacham.
The CDE course for the visitng Brazilian orthodontists was presented in the Rosenthal Institute's state-of-the-art educational facilities.
spring a group of young Brazilian orthodontists eager to pursue continuing
education in the United States were looking for a customized program covering
a wide range of topics presented by top experts from universities across
the United States. Initially, they were not very optimistic. “We thought
it would be difficult to find the right combination of classes, facilities,
and instructors,” said Dr. Celestino Nobrega, International Program
Director for Ortogeo, an independent Brazilian dental school where the orthodontists
did their specialty training.
But after learning that NYUCD was working closely with groups of overseas
dentists at its newly opened continuing education center housed in
the Rosenthal Institute for Aesthetic Dentistry, Dr. Nobrega knew
that he was moving in the right direction. Weeks later, Dr. Nobrega
and 39 of his former students arrived for a one-week program created
especially for them by NYUCD with participation by faculty members
from the orthodontics departments at Boston University’s Goldman
School of Dental Medicine, the University of the Pacific School of
Dentistry, the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, the Louisiana
State University School of Dentistry, and the University of Connecticut
School of Dental Medicine. The program was organized by Assistant
Dean for Continuing Education H. Kendall Beacham, in cooperation with
Dr. Mladen M. Kuftinec, Professor of Orthodontics and Director of
NYUCD’s International Program in Orthodontics, and Dr. George
J. Cisneros, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthodontics.
Workshops included a demonstration of Invisalign®, a method of
teeth straightening without wires and brackets that is gaining wide
acceptance in the U.S. but is not yet commonly used in Brazil; a seminar
on the relationship between periodontics and orthodontics, both taught
by Dr. Robert Boyd, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthodontics
at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry; and a class
on the Bidimensional Technique, a system of brackets which allows
orthodontists to fine-tune treatment for different parts of the mouth,
presented by Dr. Anthony Gianelly, Professor and Chairman of the Department
of Orthodontics at the Goldman School of Dental Medicine. The group
also toured NYUCD’s orthodontics clinics.
Describing himself and his group as “very satisfied with the
courses,” Dr. Nobrega added that he plans to bring additional
groups of Brazilian orthodontists to NYUCD to take advantage of the
customized continuing education experience.