Henry Schein recently pledged $1.25 million to fund a groundbreaking new digital dental school curriculum that teaches computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology.
Schein will partner with the American College of Prosthodontists Education Foundation (ACPEF) to fund a digital dentistry curriculum initiative that will be offered to dental students and practicing dentists through continuing education programs. The new program is expected to be piloted by several dental schools beginning in 2017.
From the Henry Schein press release:
"We believe CAD/CAM technology enhances dentistry and we are pleased to support this initiative, which will offer dental students the education and training needed to effectively apply this exciting technology in their future work," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. "By rallying the industry to ensure that dental students are fully educated on the practice benefits and patient benefits of digital dentistry, we are helping the dentists of tomorrow succeed. We are proud to partner with the ACPEF in helping to accelerate the adoption of digital dentistry."
According to the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP), CAD/CAM technology was introduced to the dental profession decades ago but is still only used in 15% of dental practices in the U.S. A recent study by the ACP confirmed that the underlying cause of the slow adoption of digital dentistry may not be the technology itself or its ability to deliver better patient care, but rather a relative lack of available education and training about its applications and benefits among users.
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