Dentists’ requirements for continuing professional development in Ireland.

A pilot study conducted at University College Cork


Dentists valued CPD topics they perceived as having a direct clinical application. Topics
recommended by the Dental Council as core CPD were prioritised by participants.


Aims: To determine the self-assessed continuing professional development (CPD) needs of dental practitioners and identify how each discipline can best be served by a dental CPD programme. To set findings in the context of the available literature and contribute to the development of CPD programmes.

Method: Topics were arranged into eight disciplines: practice management; paediatric dentistry; preventive dentistry; orthodontics; behaviour management; dentistry for people with a disability; oral medicine and surgery; and, restorative dentistry. A web-based questionnaire was constructed and administered using a MarkClass 2.21 online survey tool.

Results: Fifty-six self-reported assessment responses were received, with three-quarters of participants having graduated within the past 10 years. Topics in oral medicine and surgery attracted consistently high levels of interest. A tendency to favour topics with a perceived direct clinical application was observed. Topics recommended by the Dental Council as core areas for CPD were given a high level of priority by respondents.

Conclusions: Traditional lectures remain a valued mode of CPD participation. Practical courses were valued across all dental topics offered. A varied approach to determining the requirements of dentists is essential to appropriately support the practitioner.

Journal of the Irish Dental Association 2015; 61 (1): 40-44

Dr Christopher Stewart
University College Cork

Professor Martin Kinirons
University College Cork

Corresponding author:Dr Christopher Stewart
Department of Oral Health and Development, Cork University Dental School and Hospital, Wilton, Cork, Ireland
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