Boca Raton dentist Dr. Jeffrey Ganeles explains how teaching at Nova keeps him current and efficient in his periodontal implant dentistry practice.
I have been teaching at the College of Dental Medicine at Nova Southeastern University since they opened the doors in 1997. Prior to that, I taught at Georgetown and I also have an appointment at Boston University.
Teaching at Nova for the past 18 years has been a benefit to me and my patients on two large fronts. First, this weekly teaching experience has forced me to stay current on advances in the dental profession, especially those that affect my specialty of periodontics, which includes among other things treatment of gum disease and also implant dentistry. My formal education ended when I left my residency almost 30 years ago. On the other hand, because I teach, it forces me to continue to stay current on everything. I teach the residents in periodontics. They are tomorrow’s specialists. In order for me to teach residents, I have to know my field very thoroughly. It stimulates me just by lecturing and working with the residents in order to stay on top of things.
The second benefit is that when you teach something, it forces you to break the concept down into fundamental building blocks. In order to teach something, we deconstruct a procedure or a concept and then reconstruct it with students. By doing that it often forces me or encourages me to become more efficient and more effective in my own clinical practice. It’s really a two-way street. I bring my clinical experience to the dental school and share it with the residents, and by virtue of teaching, I stay on the leading edge of my profession and continue to apply new protocols and techniques in my practice.
Teaching has also given me a great opportunity to meet people in other universities in similar capacities. There is a common bond because we all doing the same thing in different locations and we compare notes and learn from each other.
Dr. Jeffrey Ganeles
South Florida Center for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
Boca Raton, FL
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