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In October 2017, the ALD Board of Directors voted in favor of devoting resources to review the outdated foundational Curriculum Guidelines to develop an entirely new approach to Dental Laser Education. A comprehensive evaluation process is under way now and includes online learning modules, updated study guides and new resources. "ALD is excited about this initiative", explains Dr. Raminta Mastis, ALD President in a recent interview. "We promise the 2019 publication will propell dental laser education well into the future". Just as the previous document guided our profession for more than 25 years, the 2019 Academy of Laser Dentistry Curriculum Guidelines and Standard for Dental Laser Education will serve our profession into the future.
The Academy of Laser Dentistry is an internationally recognized leader in offering unbiased dental laser education covering all dental wavelengths. In January 2018, the Academy of Laser Dentistry Education Committee began the comprehensive review of the previously adopted 1998 Curriculum Guidelines and Standards for Dental Laser Education, initially developed in July 1992 and revised in 1998. Since most educational forums rely on the Academy of Laser Dentistry's leadership in setting standards, the ALD has taken the initiative to recompose the Dental Laser Education Curriculum Guidelines in order to to keep pace with research, technology, and clinical advancements.Through a consensus process with members from dental academia, industry and private clinical practice ALD has written and will publish a new version of Dental Laser Education Curriculum Guidelines. The new 2019 guidelines establish standards of education for the demonstration of safe and effective use of lasers by dental professionals.
The goal of the Dental Laser Education Curriculum Guidelines is to enhance student and practitioner understanding and knowledge of the application of laser technology in dentistry. Four levels of education are outlined. Introductory courses are commensurate with continuing education level courses designed to provide general information on lasers in dentistry; they are informational only and do not include an assessment of the student's skills in laser use. Standard Level and Advanced Level courses have specific educational goals, behavioral objectives and examinations. Standard level courses provide a basic level of education with didactic, laboratory and clinical exercises. Successful completion is recognized with a Standard Level Certification. This is the first step in the Fellowship award achievement process. Advanced level courses are an advanced level of education, which has didactic, laboratory and clinical observation, as well as a clinical case study requirement. Advanced Level Certification is a required component of achieving Mastership recognition.