Why Live Dental CE Courses Are Better

It seems that now more than ever we’re trying to do as much as possible as quickly as possible. We’ve got too much to do and too little time to do it. Especially in dentistry — with jampacked schedules filled 6 months or more in advance. 

Online continuing education courses have become a quick and easy way to squeeze in the knowledge-building you need for professional growth. While it makes all the sense in the world to take advantage of online learning, I’m here to make a case for why attending live CE courses should be an irreplaceable component of comprehensive dental continuing education.  

Live Dental CE is Required for License Renewal

A certain number of the continuing education credits you earn toward your license renewal are required to be obtained live. The exact requirements vary from state to state, and we each bear the professional responsibility to understand the guidelines of the state in which we’re licensed. 

It’s Easier to Focus at a Live Dental CE Course

With self-study at home, it’s so easy to get distracted. You sit down to watch a pre-recorded video or read an interesting article… and your phone goes off, or your family member needs you for something. When you’re in a live class, it’s like there’s some kind of sanctity to it. You define a boundary by setting aside your phone and showing up prepared to dedicate your attention for a set amount of time. There’s a ritual to it. Plus, being in a room full of likeminded people who have also blocked this time out to focus on learning reinforces your own decision and makes it easier to give your all-powerful attention to the topic at hand.

Live Continuing Education Courses Are Interactive

The engagement of being in person is invaluable. Not only can you ask questions directly to the course instructor, but you can benefit from the questions and opinions from your colleagues. I often find in a live CE course some of the most insightful takeaways are from a tangent the class follows together after a clever question is asked. 


Attending Live Dental CE Together is Team-Building

When the whole dental team is able to learn and process new information together, they’re more likely to implement positive change into the practice. If just one team member takes the course it’s like putting together a jigsaw puzzle when they’re the only one who’s seen what the final picture is supposed to look like. Most importantly, though, getting to interact with one another in a new environment, one that’s open to new ideas, can refresh the team dynamic and reinvigorate morale.

In-Person Networking Has More Impact

Sure, you can do a fair amount of networking online with social media, but absolutely nothing compares to building relationships in real life. The casual conversations struck up during a break or at an evening social event carry more weight than a comment thread. Ideas and connections flow more freely over shared experiences. I’ve had the opportunity to be mentored by so many dental professionals I admire simply because I made the choice to be in the same room as them. 

Dana Myers is a dental hygienist who serves on the Smiles At Sea crew as Exhibitor Concierge, Ship’s Log contributor, and purple-haired fun-enhancer. Don’t miss our upcoming events! Check out our Cruise Specials!

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Please read the following update pertaining to the October 2019 Smiles at Sea event.

As you probably have already heard, due to changes in US policy regarding travel to Cuba, all cruises to Cuba have been cancelled effective June 5th 2019. Fortunately, Royal Caribbean has already rerouted the itinerary to include Nassau, Bahamas instead of Havana, Cuba. In addition, the cruise line has decided to discount the cruise fare by 50%!! (excluding government taxes).

This is great news since the Smiles at Sea event will remain unchanged and all CE classes and activities will be held as scheduled!

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If you have not yet paid for your cruise in full, your monthly payment schedule with Smiles at Sea will be adjusted accordingly to reflect the discounted amount.

You will soon receive a communication from Royal Caribbean outlining the itinerary change and the discount described above. You may also cancel your reservation for a full refund.

All cancellation requests must be received by Smiles at Sea no later than June 15, 2019.

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