DEPALMA, RDH, MEd,
FADIA, FAADH, is a Fellow of
the American Academy of
Dental Hygiene and the
Association of Dental Implant
Auxiliaries, as well as a
continuous member of ADHA.
She presents continuing
education programs for
dental team members on a
variety of topics. Ann-Marie
is collaborating with several
authors on various books for
dental hygiene and can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CE Beyond Hygiene Conferences
Explore learning opportunities outside of dental hygiene
Dental hygiene has a number of continuing education programs that offer dental professionals a vast array of opportunities to enhance current knowledge, learn new skills, and
network with like-minded dental hygienists. RDH magazine’s
RDH Under One Roof, the ADHA’s CLL/Annual Session, and
state and district components/study clubs offer CE for hygienists on both the national and local level.
As dental hygienists move beyond the traditional hygiene
operatory into different avenues of dentistry, other continuing
education programs may offer a variety of experiences. Whether in public health, administration, or treatment coordination,
a hygienists’ knowledge and skill can be applied to numerous
clinical and non-clinical applications. There are many excellent non-hygiene centered CE programs that hygienists can
participate in and learn new skills.
This month’s column will spotlight three such
• Sirona’s Siro World 2016
• American Association of Dental Office Managers’
(AADOM) annual session
• The Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries’ (ADIA)
summer symposium with the International Congress of
Oral Implantologists (ICOI)
Although each program is not specifically geared toward
the hygienist, any hygienist interested in learning more about
dentistry beyond the hygiene operatory can participate. In
fact, many practice teams participate in these programs.
As CAD/CAM and digital dentistry have evolved, many dental
teams seek continuing education that develops their skills
beyond the basic level. In 2015, Sirona celebrated 30 years of
CEREC with a continuing education program in Las Vegas
that offered participants an exciting mix of continuing education, networking, and fun! Technology is an integral part
of the 21st century dental practice, and teams that attended
CEREC 30 were immersed in technology.
The experience last year prompted Sirona to move beyond
a single event to offer educational opportunities in a variety
of venues and make the event an annual gathering of technology driven teams. Siro World 2016 will be held on August
11-13 in Orlando, Fla. Siro World is designed to be the place
to engage in discussions about current or new skills while
sharing in the experiences of those using technology to grow
practices and enhance the patients’ experiences. Whether a
hygienist is involved in a practice that uses CAD/CAM and
digital dentistry or is merely interested in learning more about
technology, Siro World can offer that immersion.
Business magnate and Virgin Group founder Sir Richard
Branson has been enlisted as the keynote speaker. Headlining
the entertainment is the Grammy nominated band, One
Republic, performing in a private concert for Siro World 2016
attendees. The educational component of the event includes
programs dealing with implant restoration, aesthetic dentistry,
CBC T imaging, practice enhancement, and patient engagement. For more information about Siro World, visit cerecon-
AADOM will host its annual session Sept. 15-17 in Boca
Raton, Fla. For a variety of reasons, many hygienists are
seeking positions as office managers or treatment coordinators. The skills necessary to be successful in the role of
office manager are often different than those of a clinical
hygienist, but the clinical hygiene skills can enhance the
office manager position.
AADOM brings together the finest dental consultants and
speakers to enable a hygienist or other dental team member
to share the day-to-day rewards and frustrations of being in
the dental office management role. With the support of
generous sponsors and exhibitors, AADOM showcases products and solutions that enhance the managers’ position.
Programs on medical billing, dental insurance, leadership,
empowering teams, increasing case acceptance and providing
excellent customer service will engage attendees. Lest you
think it is all about learning, there are numerous social events
planned throughout the event for fun and networking opportunities. To learn more about AADOM or the annual
conference, visit dentalmanagers.com.
The ICOI/ADIA will hold its annual summer symposium