With responsiveness to evolving member needs top of mind, the ADA Advisory Committee on Annual Meetings developed and is introducing a slate of Spanish-language continuing education courses at SmileCon 2022, Oct. 13-15, in Houston.
“These specific classes are only in Spanish,” said council member Dr. Victor Rodriguez. “They’re not offered in English.”
Dr. Rodriguez – a member of the ADA Advisory Committee on Annual Meetings, the Texas Dental Association and the Greater Houston Dental Society – proposed the new courses. The aim was to tailor some CE offerings to local demographics in the greater Houston area to attract dental professionals who speak Spanish to attend SmileCon, a joint meeting also combining the 2022 Texas Dental Association Meeting and the 2023 Greater Houston Dental Society’s Star of the South Dental Meeting.
“We have a large Hispanic area in Houston,” said Dr. Rodriguez, who himself lives and practices in the city and is bilingual. “Our population is almost 38% Hispanic in Houston, so a lot of our patients are Spanish-speaking as well.
“We have dental colleagues from Mexico and other Latin American countries that move to Houston and get their licenses here. Spanish is their predominant language. They learn English. They know English and speak it. But when they go to some courses, they could listen in Spanish because they understand it and that’s their primary language. That’s the audience I’m hoping to attract…especially in our South Texas area that’s predominantly Hispanic.”
The aim is also to draw and accommodate the international, Spanish-speaking dental community.
“It’s my hope,” Dr. Rodriguez said, “that we attract not only the local Houston and Texas Spanish-speaking dentists, but that we also are attracting [dentists from] other countries that are Spanish-speaking and Latin American and wouldn’t maybe normally think going to an ADA meeting is what they want to do. But now, maybe seeing some classes in Spanish might attract a different group of dentists or dental professionals who would find some comfort in attending Spanish-speaking classes.”
The eight new courses, taught fully in Spanish by six dental experts, span cosmetic dentistry, sleep apnea, pediatric dentistry, implants and other topics.
The instructors and their courses are:
No early sign-up is required for these courses. Availability is until filled on a first-come, first-served basis, Dr. Rodriguez said.
For more information on SmileCon 2022, including how to register to attend, visit SmileCon.org.