Clinical Structure

The clinical component of each study club is the basis of their success as a means of continuing education. We learn by repeating operations under the guidance of a mentor. Clubs usually meet once per month from September to May for a half day session. And though the desire is to operate the equivalent of 4 full days per year, mentors and dates may vary due to geographical or logistical factors.

For each meeting, there is usually a short lecture or didactic session to begin followed by clinical operations. Critiques wrap up the educational component of the meeting and are followed by a social component, usually dinner. Regardless of the interval or frequency of the meetings, it is important to try to incorporate all components of a typical study club session.

Members should embrace a commitment to attend and operate at every meeting. If they are unable to operate, they should observe other members and be ready to help with critiques if requested. Operating on typodont or extracted teeth under the guidance of the mentor is also an excellent way to get the most out of study club in the absence of a patient.

Operators should work with an assistant and bring the appropriate armamentarium. Members should strive to observe other members' work when presented at key moments (i.e. prep and completed insertion).
Many clubs now document all operations with digital clinical cameras. The images are easy to present at the critique. They can be archived and used as a reference to remind members how to handle specific situations.


Click here for perfect documentation Sample ( by courtesy of club No. 60), pdf 3,6 MB