American Dental Association, The Forsyth Institute Again Offering Popular Evidence-Based Dentistry Training Course

After enthusiastic feedback from its classes of students in 2009 and 2010, the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) and The Forsyth Institute’s Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, have announced they will hold an ADA/Forsyth EBD Training course for 2011.

Scheduled for Sept. 19-23 at the home of The Forsyth Institute in Cambridge, Mass., the intensive, five-day training course in evidence-based principles and tools is a collaboration between the ADA and The Forsyth Institute Centers for EBD. The course links the strong initiatives of the ADA Center for EBD with The Forsyth Institute’s solid history of EBD and scientific research.

Focus of EBD coursework

Participants learn the skills to understand, appraise, and implement new dental treatment and diagnostic options into their practice, curriculum or research. Taking an interactive, problem and solution-based approach, EBD coursework focuses on human clinical trials, addressing quantitative and qualitative outcomes, risk calculation, diagnosis, and systematic reviews. Participants will be challenged to:

* Formulate clinical questions
* Search for evidence
* Practice critical reading and appraisal
* Implement EBD into practice
* Navigate the ADA EBD Web site and Critical Summaries of Systematic Reviews

Who should attend

The hands-on learning environment is an opportunity for the many different disciplines of dentistry to collaborate on evidence-based solutions in their own work. Previous attendees benefitting from the course include private and public health practitioners, educators, researchers, and dentists working in industry. Class size is limited to 30 qualified students on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested U.S. and international candidates should submit their applications by August 1, 2011. Candidates must fill out a questionnaire and submit current curriculum vitae. The course, which is $2,500, is open to ADA-members and nonmembers. ADA members will receive a 20% discount. More information about the course is available at

Upon completion of the course, attendees receive continuing education credits from the ADA and a certificate in EBD from The Forsyth Institute.

Distinguished faculty

The distinguished faculty includes Dr. Richard Niederman, D.M.D., M.A., director, Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry at The Forsyth Institute and Derek Richards, B.D.S., director, Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry at Oxford University, UK.

The Forsyth Institute is the world’s leading independent organization dedicated to scientific research and education in oral health and related biomedical sciences. Established in 1910, Forsyth’s goal is to lead the discovery, communication and application of breakthroughs in oral health and disease prevention that will significantly improve the health and well-being of the nation and the world. For more information about Forsyth, visit its web site at

 The ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry has a two-fold vision: to disseminate the most current scientific evidence and to help dentists implement the current best evidence in practice. The Center has several ongoing programs to help dentists implement EBD, including the EBD Champion Program and the ADA Evidence Reviewer Workshop. For more information, visit

About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation’s largest dental association, representing more than 156,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public’s health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA’s state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA’s flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit the Association’s Web site at