The Dental Academy Karlsruhe combines clinical institution and postgraduate education for dentists. It is very important for us to stay updated with the progress of dentistry and to share expertise through worldwide contacts.
Following Professor Heners’ untimely death, his co-leadership role was undertaken by Professor Winfried Walther who ensured the necessary continuum of the Workshop’s original ethos. The current program maintains the original pedagogic approach and blends specific morning presentations from the Faculty, with assigned case history small group discussions in the afternoons, over three and a half days. The selected 36 Participants from diverse continents are assigned to 6 seminar groups which are presided over by 2-3 faculty members. Problem-based learning principles are then recruited to debate both patient, and dentist-mediated concerns so as to be able to determine optimal management of the selected, highly relevant case histories.
Recent Workshops have also included a special introductory session on critical appraisal of the literature as a reflection of the entire Faculty’s editorial engagement with the International Journal of Prosthodontics. This part of the program includes a seminar group manuscript review discussion on the first afternoon. The Workshop’s final morning on the fourth day, features presentations from elected representatives from each of the six seminar groups who present and defend their choice of patient management strategies.
Virtually all of the original Faculty continue to participate – reassuring proof of their commitment to the Workshop’s ethos and inter-personal relationships. Furthermore, as part of the ongoing mentoring of YPE participants, past attendees have been encouraged to return and prepare themselves for future Faculty responsibilities and provide ongoing academic leadership development for YPE.
The first IJP / Karlsruhe Workshop for young Prosthodontic educators (YPE) was held in 2006 in Karlsruhe, Germany.
George Zarb, in his capacity as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Prosthodontics (IJP), recruited a top-notch Workshop Faculty from the Journal’s Editorial Board for all of the Workshops to date. This arrangement also resulted in published IJP summaries of the Faculty’s Workshop presentations.
Organizational Affiliation: The International College of Prosthodontists (ICP) endorsed the Workshop initiative from its inception. It also provided direct organizational support as well as travel grants for Participants from educational locations which could not provide attendance sponsorship. Furthermore, the ICP graciously provides a specific time frame at their biennial Meetings to encourage reunions of past YPE participants; while the Workshop organizing committee encourages all participants to join the ICP. Since the Faculty invariably includes current ICP officers, a close relationship with the College’s educational mandate has always been prioritized.