The Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery has announced that it will develop online continuing education courses for dentists in collaboration with ArcMesa Educators, a subsidiary of Arc Communications Inc., a multi-profession provider of continuing education.
"This is an exciting opportunity for the School of Dental and Oral Surgery," says Dr. Ira Lamster, dean of the school. "We are a forward-looking institution that believes in providing education beyond the traditional walls of a dental school. Offering CME courses online will benefit our practicing faculty and alumni, as well as dentists across the country. In addition, foreign institutions seeking an affiliation with us will now have an opportunity to do so via the Internet."
According to the terms of the agreement, the School of Dental and Oral Surgery will select and develop the content for continuing education courses, which ArcMesa will develop for both Internet and traditional home study participation.
Under the two-year agreement, the School of Dental and Oral Surgery will produce a minimum of four courses per year, consisting of two or more continuing dental education credits each. Dr. Lamster expects the first of these courses to be available online by July 2002. More information on courses will be available on the ArcMesa web site, www.arcmesa.com, or by calling 800-597-6372.