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BDJ Eastman Online CPD Programme - 10,000th participant reached

15 February 2007

The 10,000th participant in a continuing professional development (CPD) programme for dentists was presented with a trophy at a reception at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute in February 2007.

The CPD programme was launched four years ago by the UCL Eastman Dental Institute in association with the 'British Dental Journal' ('BDJ') and is supported by a project group made up from representatives from the two institutions, as well as delegates from Nature Publishing and Smile-on Ltd.

Dr Michael Hickley drew the 'lucky 10,000' ticket when he registered on the CPD website, which hosts 'BDJ' articles and questions so that users can keep up-to-date with best practice in dentistry.

Although the project's users initially submitted paper-based responses, the website has become increasingly popular, with around 3,000 dentists now accessing the site every month to submit their answers online.

In a published study undertaken after the first year of use, 400 'BDJ' CPD users were surveyed with a response rate of 78 per cent. Of these respondents, 87 per cent agreed that the 'BDJ' CPD satisfied their personal CPD needs. 72 per cent agreed that an element of their clinical practice had changed as a result of undertaking the 'BDJ' CPD programme.

To find out more about the CPD project, use the link at the bottom of this article.