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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 821-827
Continuing professional development of dentists through distant learning: An Indira Gandhi National Open University-Dental Council of India experiment a report


1 School of Health Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi, India
2 Dental Council of India, Dr. Soni's Dental Clinic, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Ruchika Kuba
School of Health Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0970-9290.152214

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To keep themselves updated with all the advancements in the field of dentistry, dentists should involve themselves in some kind of professional development. Distance learning is the most appropriate way to serve the growing demand due to technological advancements. Indira Gandhi National Open University in collaboration with Dental Council of India (DCI) developed and launched two continuing professional development programs in Endodontics (postgraduate certificate in endodontics) and postgraduate certificate in oral implantology and has trained over 400 and 280 BDS dentists respectively till date. The program package consists of self-instructional material, assignments, videos and practical training. The training is conducted in premiere dental colleges and institutions recognized by DCI. The certificate is awarded after a term end examination, both in theory and practical. The pass percentages of the theory courses ranged from around 63% to 98%, and 90% of the candidates cleared the practical exam.


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