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Boston’s first foray declared a success

The first seminar held by the Dubai-based Boston University Institute for Dental Research and Education has been judged a success by the establishment's chief academic officer.

The first seminar held by the Dubai-based Boston University Institute for Dental Research and Education has been judged a success by the establishment's chief academic officer.

The Institute's first foray into postgraduate continuing education saw an estimated 100 delegates gather to hear the latest updates in aesthetic dentistry.

Despite the relatively modest turnout, Dr Thomas Kilgore said that the Institute was encouraged by the positive reaction to Advances in Dentistry, which took place on January 19.

"We had a very successful course...[with] somewhere over 100 attendees," he said. "The main thing was the real expression of interest in the need to do more continuing education courses."

Future delegate numbers are expected to rise, he added, as the establishment becomes more established locally.

"I think numbers will increase [and] I think the word will get out in a controlled way without a lot of advertising."

Commenting on the seminar, attendee Dr Leila Hariri of Jumeira Beach Dental Center, said the local availability of quality educational courses was crucial to the private sector.

"I think courses like these will have a huge impact on the private sector - people will come to update themselves and try and keep in touch with the new technologies," she said.

Hariri hoped that the provision of continuing education might help to level out the quality of dentistry in Dubai. "I think there are two levels of practitioners here and they differ in terms of exposure to education," she said. "I think the gap will close, but we need more courses like these to get there."

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