About Our Educational Facility
Founded in 2002, the Center has hosted programs ranging from evening study club activities, to comprehensive mini-residencies and interdisciplinary post-graduate programs to over 2000 attendees annually.
Ongoing Product Evaluation
Both clinical and laboratory products are used and analyzed by our team of evaluators. Findings are shared with manufacturers for product improvement and development. Variations in techniques are shared and information exchanged to benefit all parties whenever practical.
Program Evaluation and Development
Through written surveys and direct feedback from participants, we are constantly evaluating the needs of the market. Current feedback indicates shorter, more topic specific programs. We have found that both doctors and technicians prefer two to three day programs for maximum learning benefit, in addition to less time spent away from the office or lab. Technicians prefer practical case courses to learn and apply new skills on realistic cases. All participants favor a more casual environment with some down time to interact with other participants.
An integral part of all programs held at the center is the speaker/course evaluation by participants. Results from a list of multiple choice and short answer questions are tallied and supplied to the speaker and Center’s executive director for immediate performance review.
The center’s advisory board is made up of many professionals who are able to provide coaching on various aspects of professional presentations. We are able to offer consults and reviews in public speaking, writing, and computer presentations.
Student and Auxiliary Support
Each year the center offers a “lunch-n-learn” day for dental technology students at J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College. We also offer all dental students a generous discount on tuitions for courses held at the center throughout the year.
Staff Support and Training
There are few areas in dentistry that we can have a more direct and positive impact with doctors than with staff training. This has become one of our highest priorities for the future. By facilitating communication and understanding of their practice objectives, as well as providing convenient, affordable classes for direct training, we are helping to make doctors more effective in their treatment. Group and private training is ongoing throughout the year. We also support the assistants and hygienists associations as they maintain their own respective education programs.
Study Club Support
Nearly a dozen regional study groups meet here at the center throughout the year, including specialists, restorative groups, practice management, auxiliaries, technicians, implant groups, and more.
As part of our AGD-PACE certification, we conduct regular surveys to monitor market needs. This is done both through exit surveys following each course as well as an annual survey of prospective participants. Our current course schedule is a direct result of feedback from participants requesting shorter, more affordable, topic specific programs. Participant feedback is only valuable if you listen and respond. One of our greatest strengths is the ability to change and programs based on needs and results.
We are here to make a difference in dentistry
The Center Team
The Mid-Atlantic Center is devoted to support and encourage dental professionals in their quest for advancement. It is our mission to promote and facilitate quality dentistry to the dental team for the benefit of the patient.
- Kimberly Shafer, Seminar Coordinator
Kim keeps the center’s calendar running smoothly. You can find Kim scheduling meetings and workshops, registering participants, assisting with accommodations and transportation, or managing incoming and outgoing equipment. Kim will be your first point of contact with the center. If you have any special requests or needs, she can find the answer.
- Buddy Shafer, Executive Director
Buddy Shafer is the president of Bay View Dental Lab and a board certified technician. His educational background includes membership and training with the prestigious International Society for Dental Ceramics, Society for Occlusal Studies, and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Buddy is on the faculty at The Dawson Academy, teaching technician programs. He has served at the local, state, and national level with the National Association of Dental Laboratories, as contributing editor to professional trade journals, CRA evaluator, and special consultant to several major manufactures.