SP-9 Evolution of a Contemporary Endodontic Curriculum

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CE Credits: 1.5

Course Description:   In the dental marketplace, there will continually be a proliferation of new file systems and obturation techniques available for purchase and use -- all gaining the attention of young practitioners who are continuing to grow and learn. So the real question is, as soon-to-be practitioners, should students be taught the “latest and greatest” or should the endodontic curriculum stay with the tried-and-true gold standards, allowing students to focus on them as stepping stones to more advanced methodologies after graduation? Recently, Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry switched from a conventional rotary system to a newer file system; simultaneously, a change was made from a somewhat controversial obturation system to one which could be conceived as being relatively simple, but with minimal long-term scientific support. Was this the right approach? Also, how has the decrease in the number of routine, uncomplicated clinical cases influenced our curriculum? This presentation will discuss multiple pathways to providing a contemporary endodontic curriculum for predoctoral students, illustrating the complexities and unforeseen difficulties along the way.   

At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Identify changes or modifications necessary when introducing a new rotary or obturation system to endodontic education.
  • Discuss advantages and disadvantages of obturation systems other than lateral compaction in endodontic curriculum.
  • Compare strategies for providing students with alternate endodontic encounters to ensure competency.


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1.50 CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 CE credits  |  Certificate available

Jordan L. Schweitzer, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Jordan Schweitzer is an Associate Professor at Baylor College of Dentistry where he serves as the Director of predoctoral endodontics. He received his dental degree from Baylor in 1986, a certificate in endodontics from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 1989 and a Master’s Degree the following year. Jordan was in solo private practice for 16 years in Dallas until 2006 when he joined the Department of Endodontics at Baylor. He currently teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and was responsible for developing the curriculum used to teach carrier-based obturation. He is active in his local dental society, having held numerous offices. He has lectured both locally and nationally. Dr. Schweitzer is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and was the 2015 recipient of the Edward M Osetek Educator Award from the AAE.

Jordan L. Schweitzer, D.D.S., M.S.    

Disclosure: I declare that I have no proprietary, financial, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course, and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith, that will be discussed or considered during the proposed presentation.