“We want to let people know that we’re still here, working to provide them with quality continuing education, and hoping they’ll come and visit us, whether it be live or online,’’ said CDE director Janice Reed-Gibbs.
Although several classes are fully online, courses that incorporate hybrid learning allow students to attend lectures and lessons in person at the Oral Health Pavilion, she said. “We’re doing Zoom and live learning at the same time. So for those who don’t want to sit in their office and go on the computer, you can get out.’’
Social distancing and masks are required, along with other safety precautions. Individually packaged boxed lunches will be available.
Live learning can accommodate between 15 and 20 people and includes fall classes on oral healthcare for the medically complex and treating patients with heart disease. Online-only classes featured this fall explore infection control during COVID-19 and a course called “Meth Mouth: A State of Decay.’’ Some of the courses will be open to fourth-year students as well, said Gibbs-Reed.
Gibbs-Reed is also working on a webinar series with the Association for Continuing Dental Education. “It will feature key opinion leaders and faculty from 36 dental schools on varying topics and be held at varying times: mornings, evenings, weekends. We’re trying to be innovative. We’re trying to keep pace with the new normal and see what works, what doesn’t work and modify it as needed.’’
Gibbs-Reed encouraged feedback and questions from New Jersey’s dental community. “Don’t hesitate to reach out to us,” she declared.
For contact information and more information on course offerings, visit the CDE website here.