CE Courses: Online or In-person?

by Oral Health


We are witnessing more and more CE courses becoming available online, despite the pandemic restrictions lessoning, and dentists seem to be torn on their preference between attending in-person or online courses. Nearly half of survey respondents preferred the choice of online courses for the convenience and ability to learn about new topics from anywhere. However, many dentists would still prefer to attend in-person events for the hands-on experience and the ability to discuss with colleagues afterward. The top areas that your peers have been studying are Cosmetic/Restorative and Implants, followed by Endodontics and Periodontics. Overwhelmingly, the topic of CE courses proved to be most important when choosing which courses to take. Looking into the next two years, over half of dentists are planning to take programs that deal with new techniques and procedures while less dentists are interested in courses focused on marketing or finding new patients.

As seen in the print issue of Oral Health February 2023

*In October and November 2022 Bramm Research, a third-party independent research house, con-ducted an online survey of active, practicing non-hospital affiliated dentists and dental specialists on behalf of Oral Health. Survey invitations went out to a contact list of approximately 9,000 readers and there were 251 completions, for a response rate of 2.8. With a total sample of 251, the margin of error is plus or minus 6.0 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level. If, for example, 50% of the sample indicated that agreed with a statement, then we can be reasonably sure (19 times out of 20) of an accuracy within +/- 6.0%. This means that a total census would reveal an answer of not less than 44.0% and not more than 56.0%.

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