Continuing education is embedded in the culture at Weaver, Reckner & Reinhart Dental Associates, a practice with offices in Souderton and Harleysville, Pennsylvania. With wholehearted support from the practice’s dentists, the large dental staff, which includes 23 dental assistants, actively engages in continuing education.
Opportunities to Learn
Assistant Team Leader Diane Irwin says the dentists provide staff with continuing education opportunities to help them grow professionally and better serve patients. The large practice offers a variety of services, including orthodontics, periodontics and cosmetic dentistry. So the dentists want staff to be knowledgeable in various aspects of dentistry.
“Our doctors provide us with great continuing education opportunities,” Diane says. “It benefits everyone involved, especially our patients, who are our No. 1 priority, because our patients will be taken care of by intelligent and educated people.”
Turning to the DALE Foundation
For example, the dental practice regularly purchases review courses and practice tests from the DALE Foundation, the official DANB affiliate. They have used the DANB RHS Review, DANB RHS Practice Test, DANB ICE Review, DANB GC Review Part I, DANB GC Review Part II and Conventional Dental Radiography Review. These online resources and study aids help the staff enhance their knowledge and prepare for DANB exams and certifications.
The Bigger Continuing Education Picture
Weaver, Reckner & Reinhart purchased the DALE Foundation courses as part of its larger commitment to encourage professional development among its staff. The practice pays for certifications and continuing education. That includes dental conferences, classes and online courses like the ones the DALE Foundation offers. The dental office also has a mentoring program, in which dental auxiliaries provide guidance to each other. In addition, the practice conducts monthly skills learning sessions. It also closes the office twice a year to hold training sessions at a local community college.
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