Nobel Biocare, world leaders in restorative & aesthetic dentistry, in association with Manipal University, has introduced a one-year certificate course in Oral Implantology. The course consists of four modules, with a duration of six days each. The course, intended for candidates who have passed in BDS from any institution recognized by the Dental Council of India or any equivalent institution, is slated to begin in September 2009. Candidates with MDS degree (from any clinical specialty) are also eligible to apply. The course is a combination of 4 contact sessions conducted at Manipal and learning experience at the candidates’ own work place in between the sessions. Each batch will have 15 participants, and a minimum of 10 implants in every possible clinical condition will be placed by all the participants. It will give dental professionals hands-on experience with clinical patients under the guidance and supervision of mentors from Nobel Biocare. The course will consist of lectures and training in basic and advanced surgical and prosthetic management. Participants will have hands-on training in ‘Application of LASER in Implantology’ and exposed to direct and indirect sinus lift & grafting procedures. According to Nobel Biocare’s Country Manager Sameer Bhat, ‘We have partnered with several leading dental colleges to impart dental education considering the huge shortage of dental professionals specializing in implantology in the country. We have played a major role in offering courses in dental implants and metal free aesthetic solutions, which delivers superior treatment benefits and options to dental professionals and their patients.’ On partnering with Nobel Biocare, Mrs. Shobha Tandon, Dean of Manipal College of Dental Sciences said, ‘The association with Nobel Biocare would extend the level of expert training we can provide to dental professionals to cover new ground in dental care and provide thorough clinical exposure for the aspiring dentist. The course is tailored to meet the specific educational needs of a competent dental professional, to train them across the full spectrum of oral implantology.’ The course of Oral Implantology will include various topics in their syllabus like Applied Anatomy, Basics in Oral Implantology, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, General Principles of Surgery, Treatment Planning for Solitary Implant Placement etc. The course is divided into 40 hours of lectures and 10 hours of practical and more than 100 hours of clinical studies. The net fee structure for Oral Implantology is INR 3,58,500 (for Indian students) and US$ 12,600 (for Foreign/NRI students). Course fee includes stay at Hotel Valley View, Breakfast, lunch and Dinner. In addition to the mentioned fee, candidates are required to pay INR 3,500/- (US$ 300 for foreign/NRI candidates) towards registration and INR 7,500/- toward caution deposit (refundable after completion of the course). Admission for the course will be closing by 15th August, 2009.