Continuing Dental Education (CDE) is continuing education or professional development
for dental professionals. By definition, "
CDE consists of educational activities
which serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional
performance and relationships that a dental professional uses to provide services
for patients, the public, or the profession
CDE improves quality of patient oral care by lifelong learning and educations responsive
to changes in the oral health care environment.
These programmes advocate, promote and encourage lifelong learning by enhancing
the knowledge and skill of dental professionals in advancing the professional development
to provide quality treatment and optimal oral health care.
Globalization of dental science has made it essential to understand technological
changes and update clinical skills. Towards this end, IDA has been planning, conceiving,
organizing as well as conducting Accredited Continuing Dental Education Programmes
(ACDEP) aimed to impart high levels of skills and knowledge.
It helps professional advancement along with earning credit points, which are significant
value-additions to the basic qualification.
Advanced Education Programs designed to provide training beyond the level of pre-doctoral
education in oral health care, using applied basic and behavioral sciences.. The
programs are designed to expand the scope and depth of dental professional knowledge
and skills to enable them to provide comprehensive oral health care to a wide range
of population groups.
Dental Professional as a practitioner is concerned with the oral health needs of
the public. Continuing dental education should provide the knowledge and skills
necessary for carrying out prevention, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of conditions
and diseases of the orofacial complex and associated tissues, within the scope of
the practitioner’ approved education, training and competence, including consultation
with, or refer to, other health care providers when appropriate for the best interest
of the patient
The ultimate goal of CDE is to provide optimum oral health to the public. The dentist’
concern for this goal can be expressed through lifelong learning –experience,
professional interactions, study and participation in organized educational activities.
CDE activities developed in accordance with accreditation criteria enhance the dentist’
diagnostic and performance ability.
Accreditation of CDE is recognized by dental professionals as offering high-quality
continuing dental education. By providing courses we help dentists earn the credits
and enhance their skill.
CDE improves quality of patient oral care by lifelong learning
and education responsive to changes in requirement.
Accreditation of education is the process by which an oral health educational programme
is recognised as having met the defined national requirements and standards. In
other words it means a certification of competency, authority, or credibility. The
aim is to promote and encourage continual and lifelong education of the dental professionals.
Accreditation represents periodic and integrated process of self-reflection and
standards-based review, two cornerstones of a self regulating profession in its
social contract with the public it serves.
IDA’s CDE is accredited by Accredited Continuing Dental Education Programme
(ACDEP - Governing Board and Regulatory Board). A transparent and accountable accreditation
process which assures the profession and the public that they are being well-served
by IDA CDE’s life-long learning commitment.
Monitoring the education (CDE) of IDA’s members is important, as it adds value
to their dental practice and knowledge. The CDE goals are related to the oral health
care needs of the public and / or interests and needs of the dental profession.
- Public recognition
- Stimulates continuous improvement of the clinic.
- Objective system of evaluation and empanelment by Third Parties
- Results in high quality of care and patient safety.
Satisfied staff as it provides for continuous learning, good working environment,
leadership and ownership of service processes.
- Meet nationally approved educational standards
- Provide study credits for maintenance of registration \ Certification
- Ongoing quality improvement
- Public safety
- Academic governance & quality assurance
- Programme of study
- Dental Professional’s journey
- Provision of quality educational programmes.
- Meeting needs of dental professionals committed to lifelong learning.
To accelerate excellence in oral healthcare by enhancing the performance of all
dental professionals through education, advocacy and collaboration.
To serves the public by ensuring that the quality and continuous improvement of
CDE reflects in advancing oral and general health in India.
These values help IDA achieve its vision and mission:
- Excellence -- Striving for quality in all its endeavors.
- Integrity -- Acting in an ethical and transparent manner.
- Courtesy -- Embracing diversity of ideas, culture and language.
Compassion -- Enable participants to provide improved level of dental care
to their patients.
- Collaboration-- Engaging with stakeholders to accomplish its mission.
- Diversity -- Disseminate information on advancing technology and procedure.
Professionalism -- Encourage and assist dental professionals to achieve higher
levels of skills and competence.
Accreditation has relevance to Dentist, because as a practitioner the dentist is
concerned with the oral health needs of the public. The Dentist’s education
should provide the knowledge and skills necessary for carrying out prevention, assessment,
diagnosis and treatment of conditions and diseases of the Orofacial complex and
associated tissues. The practitioner’s education, training and competence
must include consultation with, or refer to, other health care providers when appropriate
for the best interest of the patient. Accreditation ensures that Dentist is educated
in the basic and clinical sciences as well as in related health subjects.
IDA serves the public by ensuring the quality and continuous improvement of
CDE reflects in advancing oral and general health in India.
Accreditation by ACDEP,meeting needs of dental professionals committed to lifelong
learning and demonstrates a commitment to providing high-quality, patient-centred
oral health care.
- Earn continuing education credits to have certification.
Enjoy opportunities to learn with / from and better understand colleagues with different
expertise, while advancing your own expertise.
Enhance knowledge, skills, and ability to perform and collaborate with healthcare
Gain confidence that your choice of continuing education is a worthwhile investment,
because we have proven commitment to delivering relevant, effective, and independent
continuing education for oral healthcare teams.
Speaking at CDE activities
can also be a great stage for professionals to
share their expertise and increase their distinction in their specialty.
Sending employees to CDE activities benefits employers because it improves their
knowledge, competence, performance & patient outcome.
It is also an opportunity to show support for employees & associates. Supporting
the professional development needs of employees shows them that the employer supports
them, which can help with employee retention.
Additionally, hosting CDE programmes helps attract employees because it brings in
experts that raise the level of professionalism of the workplace.
Sending staff to CDE activities improves the knowledge, competence, performance
& patient outcomes of staff and shows support to their professional development
needs, which helps to retain them.
Additionally, hosting CDE programmes is a great way for departments to earn dental
professionals attendance and increase the visibility & credibility of the department.
CDE benefits the local community, city, state, and nation because it improves the
oral health of the people as it improves patient care & patient outcomes.
Hosting CDE activities also benefits a city's revenue because notable CDE activities
can attract hundreds of tourists to a city.
- Achieve distinction in the accreditation of oral healthcare.
Demonstrate your leadership in team-based, inter-professional education (IPE) and
- Position your programme as a strategic partner in oral healthcare improvement initiatives.
- Excel in advancing oral healthcare education quality and integrity.
- Expand education offerings locally, regionally, and internationally.
- Add new target audiences for education offerings.
Reach more oral healthcare professionals with your educational activities. Increase
operational efficiency, saving time, money, and resources.
Produce continuing education for assistants, dental hygienist or dental professionals
separately or together.
- Gain visibility and credibility.
The Accredited Continuing Dental Education Programme (ACDEP) has produced
the following quick guide to successful accreditation for a conference or group
Needs Assessment: It is important to determine who your target
audience is and what their perceived or unperceived needs are. You will be asked
to identify the sources of information you have used.
Creating Learning Objectives: Learning objectives should be based
on the identified needs. The objectives should be developed for the overall conference
and for individual presentations or workshops and should state what the participants
will know or achieve as a result of attending the activity. If possible, the objectives
should be printed on the conference brochure. Alternatively, they should be made
available during the conference.
Educational Delivery Method: It is important to think about the
educational delivery options in order to engage participants actively and facilitate
adult learning. It is likewise important to ensure that at least 25% of the education
time is devoted to interactive learning opportunities.
Evaluations: It is essential to plan evaluations in order to obtain
feedback from the participants. It is important to tie the evaluations to the learning
objectives in order to explore whether the objectives were indeed met and whether
the course content was relevant to the participants’ learning needs.
Ethical Standards for Continuing Professional Education: Group
CDE activities must meet the ACDEP guidelines governing the relationship between
dental profession and the pharmaceutical industry, and the CDE guidelines. The sponsoring
organization must have complete control over the selection of the topic, content
and speakers, and must ensure the scientific validity, objectivity and completeness
of the content. There must be a mechanism for disclosing financial affiliations
of faculty, moderators and members of the planning committee. All sources of commercial
funds must be identified and funds are to be received in the form of an unrestricted
educational grant, payable to the sponsoring organization.
No drug or product advertisements may appear on or with any of the written materials,
preliminary or final programmes, brochures or advanced notifications of the event.
Generic names should be used rather than trade names on all presentations and written