In early December, I attended a two-day dental seminar at the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ. It was probably the best-taught and most information-dense dental seminar I have attended to date.
Dr. Spear is a well-known and widely acclaimed prosthodontist, and has assembled a large team of dentists, laboratory technicians, and staff to provide education and training to dentists, dental staff, and technicians.
He originally started in Seattle, Washington as the Seattle Institute for Advanced Dental Education, then combined with other dentists and moved to a much larger facility in Scottsdale at the new Spear Institute. The Scottsdale campus is truly impressive, with educational and clinical facilities offering state-of-the-art equipment and technology. They have a total staff of over 130, and so a wide variety of services are provided to dentists, staff, and technicians world-wide. Completing the Arizona facility is an extensive internet website for member dentists and their staff. It offers a full curriculum of learning modules for dentists, focused training videos for dental staff, patient education modules, and an online discussion forum where dentists can present cases for input or ask individual questions to be fielded by Spear’s staff dentists as well as fellow participating dentists.
The particular two-day seminar I attended was focused on causes and repair options for worn teeth. Included with the lecture material were all the notes and slides from the lecture - all 240 pages of them. And yes, we covered every page!
As much as I learned during lecture, I learned almost as much while on breaks and after-lecture free time talking with colleagues from across the country and around the world. It was great to share unique perspectives and experiences. It was also great to see many dentists there in their mid to late sixties who still had a passion to learn and stay active in their field.
The time there was both an incredible opportunity to learn and to be inspired as well. I am happy to be able to apply what I learned with many of you as we work together in the New Year towards achieving and maintaining great dental health.