In 1998 I was facing burn out and a high risk of leaving the profession for another career. The way I was doing dentistry was not satisfactory. My skills and knowledge were poor, a true reflection of the inadequate education delivered by the centre of excellence (cough cough) I qualified from in 1995. A less than adequate VT experience followed by life as an associate in heavily deprived areas left me a tad disillusioned. My health was suffering to a marked degree and I almost walked away.
One thing changed all that. One day I was reading one of the dental rags and I saw a one year course advertised. So I went on it. One day a month for 12 months was a blessing, and I soon realised that the dentistry I was doing wasn’t the dentistry I should be doing. I went from no courses a year to a complete course junky.
That course was run by a man you may have heard of, Paul Tipton. For those of you who haven’t a clue who I am talking about, Paul is a highly respected specialist in Prosthodontics, and has published many scientific articles in the dental press. He is an expert lecturer in his field with Tipton Training Academiesin Manchester, Leeds, London, Edinburgh and Dublin. After gaining his Masters Degree in Conservative Dentistry in 1989, he was awarded the Diploma in General Dental Practice four years later. He received Specialist status in Prosthodontics in 1999 from the GDC, and he is currently the President of the British Academy of Implant Dentistry. He is one of the UK’s most successful dental teachers in the fields of Restorative, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry. Over the last 20 years with more than 2000 dentists completing a year long certificate courses from one of the Tipton Training Academies (www.tiptontraining.co.uk). His new Practical Restorative course, the one I just completed, starts in London in March 2011. If you are lucky there may still be places left, but you have probably missed the boat for that one. Not to worry, that boat will dock again shortly.
Now many people have opinions about Paul, good and bad. Let me say that I personally have a hell of a lot of respect for the guy, especially as I probably would no longer be doing dentistry if it wasn’t for him. So it goes without saying that I highly recommend his courses. I love the way HE doesn’t tell you what to do, he tells you what the REASEARCH tells you to do.
And I’ve done a lot of courses. I’ve done the Eastman Certificate and Diploma, and to be honest, the Eastman is good, but it’s not as good as Tipton training. In my opinion, Paul Tipton is exceptional at what he does, so much so that, as I have already said, I redid his Phantom Head course recently down in London. Well run, and a good learning experience. Yes it’s not the cheapest, but then quality never is. Hell I’ve done my fair share of cheap courses, and considered most of them to be a waste of the day. It’s always discouraging when you leave the seminar with the sinking feeling that you actually know more than the lecturer. That has never happened with Paul.
Now then, what’s this really about? I know you Steve Hudson, you’re upto something aren’t you? Well, as it happens I have a reason for talking about Tipton training. I was so impressed by the last course I did, I felt obliged to become a raging fan. So I asked Paul if he had any objections to my promoting his courses.
What a stupid question that was.
I have also managed to get my subscribers a deal when it comes to doing Tipton training. Specifically, the deal relates to the 1 year aesthetics course which I believe still has several places. I did this course back in 2000 and found it extremely enlightening. The following link will tell you more about it.
Aesthetic course – PDF
In summary here is the deal offered:
Aesthetic Course: 13 days, 1 per month, Manchester only
- The course is priced at £399 + VAT per course day and starts on 8th April 2011
- Special Deal for anyone that quotes “GDP Resources” while booking is that you will be offered a further £20 off per course day. So youwill get the Aesthetic Course at £379 + VAT per course day.
If you are interested, you can email Vivek Gupta on behalf of Tipton Training at firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell him I sent you.
To find out more about Tipton Training and the large array of courses they offer, visit www.tiptontraining.co.uk
If you have any questions, or want to know more about Pauls courses, you can contact me though the contact form on this website. I will be more than happy to answer any of your questions.
Normal unrepentant ranting resumes next week
Yours in commerce
Dr Stephen Hudson BDS, MFGDP, DRDP
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