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Dentsply Sirona Student Clinician Research Program: Episode 2, Michael Siarkowski


Today, Michael Siarkowski, DMD Candidate at the University of British Columbia, joins Dr. John O’Keefe in this third episode of our Dentsply Sirona Student Clinician Research Program series. Together, they discuss Michael's presentation entitled “The state-of-the-art in teaching caries control agents.”

The CDA/Dentsply Sirona Student Clinician Research Program provides an opportunity for one dental student from each accredited dental school in Canada to participate in a national clinical research competition. 

This program is designed to stimulate ideas, improve communication, and increase student involvement in the advancement of the dental profession. Managed by CDA and sponsored by Dentsply Sirona Canada and International divisions, the program is held in conjunction with the CDA’s annual convention. 

In this conversation, Mr. Siarkowski talks about:

  • The status of surgical and non-surgical management of dental decay in Canada, according to existing data and literature. 
  • His study, exploring how Canadian dental schools are preparing students for the use of silver diamine fluoride (SDF).
  • The use, efficacy, and benefits of SDF application for patients, particularly those requiring a low-cost intervention and patients with special needs. 
  • The study questionnaire and the systematic literature review.  
  • Results, including survey response rates, SDF teaching methods, i.e., lecture-based versus clinical learning.
  • Barriers to integration in curricula, including unclear guidelines for use.
  • Results of systematic review, study limitations, and recommendations for future research. 

We always look forward to hearing your thoughts and receiving your questions and/or suggestions about this post and other topics. Leave a comment in the box below, send us your feedback by email, or call us at 1-855-716-2747.

Until next time!

CDA Oasis Team

Read/download the transcript of the conversation (PDF) 

Read/download the transcript of the presentation (PDF) 

Full Conversation (5.04″)

Full Presentation (10.59″)


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