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A Hidden Gem

Author: Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA, CDIA, FADAA/Tuesday, December 2, 2014/Categories: 24/7 Articles

Last summer I attended a small, local continuing education course put on by Dentsply. I was working toward my ADAA Fellowship award at that time and took advantage of this morning meeting. The theme of this course was dental implants, care and maintenance and was designed for hygienist and assistants. The speaker talked about an organization that I had never heard of. Come to find out, I’ve not found many people who have. The organization I learned about that day is the Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries (ADIA) a component of the International Congress of Oral Implantologist (ICOI). The ADIA is an organization that is open to all office manager or clinical team members.

I am a CE nut! I truly believe that education is the key to a better career and a better life. The more I know the more valuable I am to my employer and that reflects on me! So I was eager to learn all about this organization and how it could benefit my practice. Our practice at the time was getting ready to purchase a 3D cone beam and I knew guided implant surgery was where my doctor wanted to go. By getting educated about implants, I would be ready to go when the technology was purchased.

The ICOI was founded in 1972 and is the leader in dental implant education, who knew? To quote their website: “Devoted to providing implant education to the entire dental team to better serve its patients, the ICOI is not only the world’s largest dental implant organization, but it is also the world’s largest provider of continuing dental implant education”.

I joined the ADIA ($50.00 fee) along with a team mate and we decided we would attend the ICOI Winter Symposium held in New Orleans Louisiana thispast January. The lineup of speakers; professionals in the implant world was impressive. The course offered 22 CE credits and no topic was left untouched. The evening reception featured table top and poster presentations as well.

For auxiliaries, they offer a two and a half day workshop. With topics ranging from;

*The use of computers in implant dentistry
*Understanding the use of dermal fillers and Botox
*The importance of documentation and compliance
*How to develop strategies for a comprehensive exam
*Sutures
*HIPAA
*Treatment Planning
*Coding

This was a very fast paced venue with a new speaker every hour! It kept the program fresh and moving forward. The speakers were each an expert in their field and had so much to offer.

The last day of the program was a full day devoted to auxiliary certification. The ADIA offers four programs designed for every member of the team.

*Dental Hygiene Implant Certification Program
*Dental Assisting Implant Certification Program
*Practice Management Implant Certification Program
*Implant Coordinator Training Program

Although this was in a large sitting, the people associated with this organization have been involved with it for years so it felt very casual and friendly. Each class had veterans attendees in the field as well as newbies but nobody was left out. The instructors were knowledgeable and interacted with the audience very well.

I can say this was by far one of the best programs I have ever attended. The amount of information on just one subject was incredible. The ICOI in conjunction with the ADIA offers two courses a year here in the U.S. and one internationally.

‚ÄčI invite you to check out this organization and find out for yourself what a great programs they offer for continuing education. As a member, they also offer articles and webinars available on their website.

For more information, please visit the ADIA website at: http://adiaonline.org/index.php

If you decide to check out this hidden gem and join them at the Summer Symposium in Chicago this August, I will see you there!

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