Canadian National Board Exam Prep
The Canadian Assessment of Clinical Skills Examination is designed to reveal all deficiencies in skill, knowledge, and judgment for prospective practitioners. Considering, for example, that many international candidates have never done a cast restoration in a patient, there are many deficiencies to remedy! Also, the development of complete progress notes for each patient procedure is often culturally influenced and must be optimized for the practice environment!
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Canadian ACS Training
The development of conceptual understanding and skills for operative, endodontic and prosthetic dentistry comprises the bulk of the first half of the course.
The second major part of the course includes restorations – both direct amalgam and composite restorations, and provisional acrylic restorations. Emphasis is on precise margination and natural, functional contours.
Our emphasis is always focused initially on the complete understanding of the conceptual and theoretical basis of our work – this is what drives the design and quality evaluation – completed by the principles of precise execution of preparations. Few dental educational institutions spend any time on the best way to develop preparation techniques that produce the most reliable, safe, conservative and rapid results – just as few institutions emphasize the most effective way to use a dental mirror!
Much of Dr. Duggan’s teaching – lectures and demonstrations – is available to our students online prior to the course – so that students are as well prepared in advance as possible – so the most effective use of class time is facilitated.
The online materials that are available were largely recorded with the ‘point-of-view’ camera system.
Individual Attention To Ensure Your Success
A typical course day has Dr. Duggan discussing the day’s procedures, with drawings and explanations, and answering any questions that arise from each student, so that everyone is completely ready to start the hands-on work. He will always demonstrate the procedure, projecting what he is doing, from his viewpoint, on a large screen. Then, as each student completes each stage in their preparations, Dr. Duggan will sit with them, show them his magnified view of their work, discuss errors and needed modifications, and start the modification process for each student so that they will have a corrective model to follow.
We have always made it a point to show each student how to do everything we are asking them to do. Dr. Duggan has discovered over the years that few students are able to intuitively find the optimum approach, position or visual axis to perform the most precise, safe and conservative work. By watching Dr. Duggan, and see exactly what he sees while doing the work, students can learn especially well developed skills more easily and effectively than possible in any other way.
The camera system that we use consists of a video camera half the size of a cigarette, mounted to his loupes along the visual axis. Each student has a monitor at their workstation that will allow them to see just what Dr. Duggan sees as he is performing a particular procedure!
The sophistication in use of the mirror is greatly enhanced as students are able to, effectively, look in the mirror with Dr. Duggan! Two other universities in the world use this camera system, and Dr. Duggan custom-made each for their educational improvement.
Our Unique NDEB Advantage!
Dr. Duggan has spent almost 20 years teaching hands-on operative and prosthetic dentistry – unquestionably working with more students on more preparations than any other dental educator in the world. His devotion to international dentists and their needs is legendary, and his student’s success rates enviable.
Over the years more than 3500 dentists, largely internationally trained, studied for and passed the challenging California restorative technique and clinical exams under our tutelage.
Within the past five years, Dr. Duggan has enhanced his development of courses for both regional patient-based clinical exams in the united states, as well as entrance exams for many U.S. and Canadian dental schools for advanced standing admissions. This has lead to the refinement of a variety of course segments that relate exactly to the requirements of the Canadian assessment of clinical skills exam.
We found over the years that few of our students are adequately proficient at the restoration of teeth – even if their preparations are sound. The lack of emphasis on restoration methods compromises the long-term restorative outcome, and we are pleased that the Canadian ACS Exam demands enhanced skills in this area – a definite benefit to future patients!
Since recent years has seen such an increase in the use of composite materials for restoration of posterior teeth, the much more long-lived amalgam restoration, which is less technique-sensitive, is becoming a lost-art – while the composite restorations that are done in the dental community are often sub-standard in execution. One of Dr. Duggan’s goals is to highlight and to whatever extent possible, modify this trend.
Dr. Duggan provides a unique opportunity for his students to learn the level of skill and proficiency that will benefit them and their patients for the rest of their lives. His students are a credit to their field of endeavor and an absolute blessing to their patients. At Duggan Dental Studies we offer a learning venue beyond compare!