Commitment to Continuing Education

There is a saying in medicine that there can be many different treatments for a given problem but there can only be one correct diagnosis.  One of the challenges facing all medical professionals is to keep ourselves up to date on the latest diagnostic tests in order to make accurate diagnosis, but the more difficult challenge comes in matching diagnosis with appropriate treatment.  Dental school education is excellent in the United States, but even the top students (I graduated in the top 10%) have much to learn after graduation.  A commitment to lifetime learning is paramount in order to maintain excellent care.

With the rapid changes in materials and technology in dentistry, it is important that we keep up to date with the changes, but most new advances reach the market with minimal research about effectiveness and with grand claims of benefit.  Unfortunately, much of the continuing education provided to dentists (particularly the easiest and cheapest  to attend) is financed and produced by companies promoting their products, and consequently truly great continuing education is surprisingly difficult to find. The California dental board only requires 50 hrs of education every 2 years.  I consider this wholly inadequate and average about 4 times this amount.  I would like to highlight some of my training, both past and present in the list below.

Education:

  • Graduate Certificate in Prosthodontics, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Masters of Science in Prosthodontics (MS), Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Graduated Top 10%, Highest Honors
  • Bachelor of Science (BS), University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
    Graduated Cum Laude Honors

Clinical experience:

  • Michael D Scherer, DMD, MS, APC
    Sonora, CA
    Prosthodontist in private practice
  • Faculty Dental Practice
    Las Vegas, NV
    Prosthodontist in a university-based private practice
  • Bay Park Dental Group
    San Diego, CA
    Associate prosthodontist in a dental private practice
  • Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry of the Florida Keys
    Big Pine Key, FL
    Associate dentist in a prosthetic, implant dental general practice
  • Rural Health Network of Monroe County
    Marathon, FL
    Community outreach & involvement, providing dental care to an underserved community through federal community health center model.

Academic appointments:

  • Assistant Clinical Professor (Graduate Prosthodontics)
    Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
  • Adjunct Clinical Professor
    University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
  • Assistant Professor in Residence
    University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant
    Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Operative Dentistry Teaching Assistant
    Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Student Tutor
    Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

If you wish, you may download my full resume.