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Taking advantage of free CE

About five years ago, I had just graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and was in my first months of residency. As I look back now, I wish I would have taken more advantage of some of the free resources at my fingertips such as ADA CE Online. Before and after graduation, these courses helped me build my career. Right now you are busy with school, and there are many days of information overload, but here are three good reasons to check out ADA CE Online.

1. Courses fit your needs and your life. I opened a practice right out of residency, so practice management courses were vital in helping me learn more about the business of dentistry. Being able to take courses on my schedule and to hit pause and replay is so convenient.

2. ADA CE Online is free for dental students. Log on to ADACEOnline.org and use promo code STUDENT to start exploring courses. As you get closer to graduation, you may find that clinical CE will help you expand your skill set and be more prepared for certain procedures once you start to practice. Depending on your career path, you may also find the ADA’s leadership, practice management or communications courses helpful in preparing you for what’s next.

3. Learning continues long after graduation. There was so much I had to learn in those first few years as a new dentist. Learning from experienced dentists who used examples from their practices also provided me a little boost of confidence. It’s been fun and rewarding to see my practice grow.

Whether you’re planning to open a practice or work for one after graduation, I guarantee that increasing your knowledge through online continuing education will help. ADA CE Online is entirely free for dental students with the code STUDENT, so go ahead and take advantage.

~Dr. Lauren Vitkus, Buffalo ’14, Private Practice

This blog post was sponsored by the American Dental Association.

American Dental Association

The American Dental Association (ADA) powers the profession of dentistry to advance the overall oral health of the public. Our vision is to empower the dental profession to achieve optimal health for all. Members of ASDA are also student members of the ADA. Learn more at ADA.org/student.

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