Henry Schein Inc, Melville, NY, along with the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), will provide dental students and faculty with remote access to select live patient CE courses held at the ADA Annual Session and World Marketplace Exhibitions in 2009, 2010, and 2011.

This educational project kicked off at the 150th ADA Annual Session in Hawaii on September 30, and allowed pre- and post-doctoral dental students and dental school faculty to view state-of-the-art clinical procedures. Dental schools were encouraged to show the presentations in classrooms for groups of students, allowing the group to interact with each other and discuss the procedure.

"The ADA Annual Session has always been a showcase for technology that is advancing the practice of dentistry—technology that includes not only the revolutionary CAD-CAM, digital x-ray, intraoral imaging, and dental laser products on the exhibition floor, but also this state-of-the-art educational program, which enables dental students across the United States to benefit from demonstrations of procedures performed in Hawaii," said Tim Sullivan, president of Henry Schein Dental, in an announcement about the program.

Dental students and faculty logged on to view the [removed]live patient courses[/removed], which began with a 20- to 30-minute presentation by the lecturer that reviewed the procedure and the patient’s history. The procedure was then performed while images were displayed on large flat-screen monitors via interoral and handheld cameras. The live Web site allowed viewers to interact in the course by asking questions of the presenters, which were be posted in real time and answered by the speakers. In addition, students interacted with one another by posting real-time comments on the Web site.

"The ADA is excited to work with the ADEA on this unique opportunity, and appreciates the support of Henry Schein," said ADA Executive Director Kathleen O’Loughlin, DMD, MPH. "Effective collaborations such as this leverage our individual Association strengths to create greater value for current and future members."