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The microscope for the general practitioner

Learn how the microscope can improve your practice
Enrol for one or two days depending on your microscope experience and goals. If you are new to the microscope this course will improve your use of the microscope in everyday clinical situations.

Course overview

The enhanced magnification and illumination provided by the dental operating microscope can be applied to almost all clinical situations. These include the diagnosis of caries, cracks and fractures, pit and fissure restorations, all stages of cavity, veneer and crown preparations and endodontic, periodontal and oral surgery procedures. In many dental specialties the microscope is already considered the standard of care, and its use in general practice is growing. By encouraging good posture, the microscope benefits the health of the dentist and the chair side assistant. When combined with documentation facilities, the microscope is an excellent tool for patient education, record keeping and legal defence.

All reference material will be supplied. Your presenters include a specialist endodontist, general practitioner and a microscope-trained chair side assistant, all with extensive microscope experience who look forward to sharing their knowledge with you.

Day 1: Wednesday 3 July 2019

Day one is intended for dentists who have limited experience with the microscope and for those who have never previously used a microscope. This course will improve your use of the microscope in every day clinical situations by providing “hands on” exercises on teeth and clinically realistic tooth models.

Day 2: Thursday 4 July 2019

Day two will emphasize the team approach necessary when using the microscope. You are encouraged to bring your chair side assistant to the course. Day two will emphasise training in four-handed dentistry specific to creating a microscope enhanced general practice, including the efficient use of rubber dam and other clinical skills.

Topics

The microscope and what features to look for:

  • Adjusting and focusing the microscope
  • Dentist, assistant and patient positioning for optimum results and improved posture
  • Pit and fissure restorations
  • Endodontic access cavities, canal location and instrumentation
  • Veneer preparation
  • Cavity preparation
  • Crown preparation
  • Periodontal procedures
  • Documentation and record keeping

Learning objectives

  • Adjust the microscope for comfort and effectiveness
  • Carry out clinical procedures using various levels of magnification
  • Utilize their chair-side assistant to maximum benefit
  • Develop new skills using specialised instruments designed for the microscope
  • Improve communication with their patients
  • Improve their treatment records
Course date: 

Wednesday 3 July 2019

Time: 8:00am-5:30pm (Registration from 7:30am). Includes all catering.
Location:

Sydney Dental Hospital

Course structure:  Lectures, demonstrations and hands-on sessions
CPD hours: 7
Course fees:

$1125 (incl. GST)    

Earlybird for dentists (pay by 8 May 2019) and University of Sydney alumni 
$1250 (incl. GST)   Standard for dentists  
$1000 (inc. GST) University of Sydney/NSW Health staff
Registration:  Click here to register and pay online using Visa and Mastercard. To pay by AMEX or pay over the phone please contact the Continuing Education office by email at dental.ce@sydney.edu.au or by calling: +61 2 9351 8348.
Course date: 

Wednesday 3 July and Thursday 4 July 2019

Time: 8:00am-5:30pm (Registration from 7:30am). Includes all catering.
Location:

Sydney Dental Hospital

Course structure:  Lectures, demonstrations and hands-on sessions
CPD hours: 14
Course fees:

$2250 (incl. GST)    

Earlybird for dentists (pay by 8 May 2019) and University of Sydney alumni 
$2500 (incl. GST)   Standard for dentists  
$2000 (inc. GST) University of Sydney/NSW Health staff
  $500 (inc. GST) Nurse/Dental Assistant
Registration:  Online registration is not available for the two day course. Please contact the Continuing Education office by email at dental.ce@sydney.edu.au or by calling: +61 2 9351 8348.

Course presenters

Dr Steven Cohn BA, DDS, DABE, FICD, FADI, FPFA Course Convenor. Dr Steven Cohn is a specialist endodontist in Sydney. Steve has taught undergraduate and postgraduate endodontics at the University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital since 1979. He is the former Director of Postgraduate Endodontics at the University of Sydney and served as the Vice Chairman of the Committee for Continuing Education in Dentistry for many years. Steve has had a long interest in dental radiology. He has served as a consultant to the Dunvale and Rinn corporations, assisting with the development of the Rinn DS digital sensor positioning device and solely designing the Snapex (1979) and TruView radiography systems (2017).    

In 1998 Steve started the first training courses in Australia on the use of the surgical operating microscope in endodontics for postgraduate students and specialists, and since 2009 has run a similar course for general practitioners conducted with Dr Rick Spencer and Barbara Faulkner. These courses have continued annually since that time. Steve also does hands on microscope training on an individual basis in dentist’s rooms on request.

Dr Rick Spencer BDS (Hons) Syd: Rick graduated from the University of Sydney in 1980 with honours. After working in England and rural NSW he has been in general practice in Sydney since 1987. He is currently a Clinical Educator in the BDent program at the University of Sydney, having previously worked there for 7 years as a clinical tutor in Periodontics. He has a keen interest in adhesive dentistry, periodontics and the utilisation of the operating microscope in dentistry. Rick and his chair side assistant Barbara Faulkner have been using the microscope for all clinical procedures since 2002.

Mrs Barbara Faulkner BA (Hons): Barbara Faulkner started as a casual dental nurse in 1987 while still at school. She attained a degree in Arts B.A. (Hons) from the University of Sydney. Since the introduction of the microscope into Dr. Spencer’s practice in 2002, Barbara has helped to integrate and develop treatment protocols, including training other nurses in four handed dentistry specific to microscope enhanced practice.

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