On July 21, students from the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at the Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry received an exclusive guest lecture from 950 miles away in Tucson, Ariz.
Dr. Ken Reed, a periodontist who now practices dental anesthesia and is widely known as an expert in the field, provided the AEGD residents in-depth exposure to what he describes as an often-overlooked topic. He discussed advanced techniques of local anesthesia administration, pharmacology, needle choices and other topics, offering his expertise free of charge.
The e-lecture was one of the first received by students on the HSC-BCD campus using web conferencing technology called WebEx, although HSC-BCD faculty members have delivered distance education to other schools. Videoconferencing technology is used routinely on-campus by staff and faculty for meetings involving multiple campuses of the Texas A&M Health Science Center.
“With the internet, perspectives from all over the world are now available in real time for our residents, which drastically broadens their horizons,” says Dr. Charles Wakefield, AEGD program director. “The college has the necessary technology to provide this experience, so it was only natural that we do our best to make the event happen for these future practitioners.”
Wakefield and Dr. Craig Barrington, adjunct assistant professor, worked to arrange the e-lecture through WebEx with technical assistance from the college’s media resources staff.
“Credit should to go to Dr. Barrington, who did all the work on this project. It was his leadership and technical expertise is making this happen at BCD on behalf of the AEGD program,” Wakefield says.
“With a budget in place (to pay such things as guest lecturer stipends), this can be a regular, economical and exceptionally valuable source of information and calibration for residents and teaching institutions all over the world,” he says.