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As a result of a number of factors including traditional training methods, administrative requirements, cost and rate of product and procedure development, in recent years dental schools have not been able to incorporate the latest diagnostic and therapeutic equipment and products introduced into dentistry at the same pace. In contrast, these products and equipment are being introduced into private practice as they are released. Therefore, the technology in private practice is usually more advanced than that in dental schools. The result is that dental graduates are often not aware of the latest technologies or procedures as they enter dental practice. As a consequence, when a recent graduate is hired by an established practice, the practice must allocate time and resources for additional training of the new dentist. What is urgently needed is for the dental schools to find a program which offers the ability for them to expose contemporary products, procedures and equipment and to incorporate a method to introduce these into both the basic science and clinical curriculum. This program must be cost effective and, most important, adapted to the unique requirements of students and faculty at each specific dental school. CRET was founded in 2004 by a group of innovative dental industry leaders to provide dental students and faculty the latest in equipment and products for treatment of patients.
To achieve this goal, CRET developed a Technology Educational Program (TEP) to transfer
knowledge and competency in 21st century technology to dental students and faculty. The TEP provides a framework for assisting the dental faculty with integration of innovative equipment and products into each dental school’s curriculum.
In 2012 CRET opened a Technology Center at Loma Linda University Dental School and in 2013 CRET opened a second Technology Center at the University of Missouri Kansas City Dental School.
CRET continues to reach out to dental schools to develop collaborations for additional Technology Centers.