60 seconds with Alastair Armer, who completed the course in December'19
The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) is the professional home for primary care dentistry. The Faculty aims to improve the standard of care delivered to patients through standard setting, publications, postgraduate training and assessment, education and research.
The Diploma in Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry is one of a suite of postgraduate courses run by the Faculty, supporting members and non-members alike to improve their clinical knowledge and skills. This course has been running successfully for over 10 years, with over 90% of candidates saying they would recommend it to others.
The Diploma is taught using the latest commissioning standards for restorative dentistry. This integrated course will allow you to quickly transform conceptual learning into clinical skills.
Alastair Armer, a general dental practitioner successfully completed his Diploma in Restorative Dentistry in December 2019.
‘I chose to study with FGDP because I had good feedback from my previous candidate friends. The Faculty is highly respected and a well-known institution,’ said Alastair. ‘This course has increased my confidence to diagnose better and tackle complex clinical cases and treatment plans.’
As with all Faculty courses, the blended learning ensures candidates can implement their learning quickly into practice. Alastair agrees. ‘In combining studying with my daily practice, I found I was implementing what I had learnt from day 1 - improving my working practice and changing my protocols. ‘
This programme uses the latest techniques in restorative surgery whilst embracing the importance of aesthetics and a minimally invasive approach. The programme covers advanced modules like aesthetic dentistry, restoration of implants, surgical periodontics, fixed prosthodontics, removable prosthodontics, advanced occlusion and many more. On discussing Alastair’s favourite experience on the course, he says he was surprised by how much he enjoyed the periodontology module. ‘I didn’t think it would be, but the periodontology day was my favourite part of the course. It fundamentally changed my approach and practice. Literally being the foundation for all the other disciplines, I now spend a lot more time on the periodontal aspect of treatment plans.’
Throughout the two- year programme, our experienced course leads and tutors share their expertise and knowledge with all the candidates, including through intimate tutorial groups, which allow the candidates to discuss cases, have in-depth clinical teaching, and prepare for the final assessment. Alastair found discussing the cases invaluable. ‘Spending time with the tutors benefited me as I was learning from my own, and others, mistakes,’ he says.
Although he would like to have been able to spend more time on restoring implants, Alastair has no hesitation in recommending the course to others. ‘Just do it. As with any course, you only get out what you are prepared to put in, but there is a wealth of experience from the tutors to guide you.’
For more information on the Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Restorative and Aesthetic dentistry visit https://www.fgdp.org.uk/courses-restorative-and-aesthetic-dentistry