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In Jamaica: Five days of implant training

A five-day comprehensive implant training program includes insertion of a minimum of 10 implants by each participant. (Photo: AAIP)

Sun. 10 May 2015


NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: The American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics (AAIP) will join with its affiliates, Atlantic Dental Implant Seminars (ADIS) and the Linkow Implant Institute, to present a five-day comprehensive implant training program in Kingston, Jamaica, at the University of Technology, School of Oral Health Sciences, from July 1-5.

The course will include a half day of lectures, surgical and prosthodontic demonstrations and a half day of hands-on participation on anatomic manikins and cadavers, diagnosis and treatment planning of implant cases for a minimum of six patients, the construction of surgical templates, diagnostic wax-ups, and the insertion of a minimum of 10 implants by each participant. Qualified participants will perform sinus lifts, immediate implant placement and ridge splitting under supervision of the course faculty.

Upon completion of the 40-hour comprehensive implant training program, participating clinicians will be able to accomplish the following tasks: identify cases suitable for dental implants; diagnose and treatment plan for preservation and restoration of edentulous and partially edentulous arches; demonstrate competency in the placement of single tooth implants, soft-tissue management and bone augmentation; obtain an ideal implant occlusion; work as part of an implant team with other professionals; and incorporate implant treatment into private practice with quality results, cost effectiveness and profitability.

Implant treatment will be performed on provided patients in the dental clinic of the University of Technology, School of Oral Health Sciences, Kingston, Jamaica, with personalized training in small-group settings. The course is a cooperative effort of the Jamaican Ministry of Health, the University of Technology, School of Dental Sciences, Kingston, Jamaica, and the American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics.

A dental degree is required for all participants. The course is tax deductible and 40 hours of dental continuing education credits is awarded on course completion. No malpractice insurance is required for course participants.

Dr. Mike Shulman is course coordinator, Dr. Leonard I. Linkow is course director, and Dr. Sheldon Winkler is course advisor. Course faculty, in addition to Shulman, Linkow, Winkler, include Drs. Robert Braun, Ira L. Eisenstein, E. Richard Hughes, Charles S. Mandell, Virgilio Mongalo, Harold F. Morris and Robert Russo. The number of instructors participating in each course is dependent upon the registration.

Implants and components for AAIP/ADIS implant seminars are provided by Optimum Solutions Group. Dental laboratory support is provided by DCA Laboratory Inc., Citrus Heights, Calif., and Dani Dental Studio, Tempe, Ariz.

Founded by Dr. Maurice J. Fagan Jr. in 1982 at the School of Dentistry, Medical College of Georgia, the objective of the Academy of Implant Prosthodontics is to support and foster the practice of implant prosthodontics as an integral component of dentistry.

The academy supports component and affiliate implant associations around the world, including organizations in Egypt, France, Italy, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Paraguay, Peru and Thailand.

The academy has published two textbooks, “The Dental Implant,” in 1985 and “Implant Prosthodontics,” in 1990. The Journal of Oral Implantology is the official publication of the Academy

American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics is designated as an approved PACE program provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for fellowship, mastership and membership maintenance credit. The current term of approval runs from Jan. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2015.

Complete information on the AAIP/ADIS Jamaica implant continuing education programs, including tuition, faculty lectures, transportation and hotel accommodations, can be obtained from the course website,, or by calling (551) 655-1909.

AAIP membership information can be obtained from the AAIP headquarters at 8672 East Eagle Claw Drive, Scottsdale, AZ, 85266-1058; telephone (480) 588-8062; fax (480) 588-8296; or from the AAIP website at

(Source: AAIP)


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