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Educational sessions in Montreal offer something for everybody

Participants in a hands-on workshop at the recent Journées Dentaires Internationales du Quebec learn about periodontics and aesthetics. (DTI/Photo Fred Michmershuizen)
Fred Michmershuizen, DTA

Fred Michmershuizen, DTA

Wed. 27 May 2009


Whether you are a dentist, a specialist or a member of a professional office staff, it’s always beneficial to step outside of the day-to-day routine one in a while to expand your knowledge base. At the 38th annual Journées Dentaires Internationales du Quebec, held 23–26 May in Montreal, educational opportunities abounded.

Some attendees wanted to explore new developments in laser technology, or delve into esthetic dentistry or learn about the latest in endodontic instrumentation. Whatever your interests attendees had, they found a workshop or lecture to satisfy their intellectual curiosity.

Educational sessions began Saturday morning. Presentations were offered on microdentistry, interdisciplinary treatment planning, TMD and orofacial pain, oral cancer, and treating patients with Invisalign technology. Attendees could even learn how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

In one of the most comprehensive offerings, Dr Gary Glassman presented workshops on endodontic technique sponsored by SybronEndo. Combining lecture with slides, animation, video and hands-on instruction, he led participants through access, cleaning, shaping and obturation of the root canal system. He also discussed indications for endodontic surgery. It was one of many such opportunities for meeting attendees.

On Monday, one of the most popular speakers was Karen Cortell Reisman. Using personal letters written by Albert Einstein, a family cousin, she offered a message about hope, resilience and brassieres. (You just had to be there.) Attendees walked away from her session not only inspired, but also equipped with strategies they can implement immediately upon return to their work.

Such offerings that were available in Montreal enabled participants to return to their practices educated and energized.

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