As we dive into spring, we’re enjoying longer days and sunnier climes here in the UK, and it feels like the depression of winter has lifted.

To celebrate the return of our longer nights, we’ve reached out to a member of the faculty to help us understand more about what it’s like to teach and learn at the LDi. You can read that below.

In other news, look out for our free webinar, open to everyone in our community. Find out more details, plus how to register here.

Meet Dr. Stefano Carderi

Dr. Stefano is a passionate and dedicated orthodontist from Italy who’s currently teaching an Orthodontics course at LDi. 

This month, we sat down with him to understand what it’s like as a teacher at the LDi, plus why he believes this course is truly one of a kind. 

So, Dr. Stefano, what motivated you to teach at LDi?

What I liked from the beginning of the LDi Orthodontics Diploma is the friendly environment established between students and tutors and between colleagues. 

I find that this, unlike the typical closed and severe university environment, creates the possibility of really learning a subject which by its nature can be complex.

Furthermore, the way in which the VLE has been studied and implemented by the LDi makes it an incredibly effective tool in virtual teaching. Supported by webinars and live sessions, the VLE offers students all the tools necessary to learn a matter as beautiful as it is complex, making learning possible even from a distance. 

Can you explain to us how you manage to keep this subject up-to-date?

Well, personally, I believe that the subject evolves continuously and we are obliged to keep pace. 

This is made possible by the courses offered by the LDi where, if on the one hand particular attention is paid to creating a strong foundation of the fundamentals of orthodontics, on the other hand, many courses are offered on the most innovative topics. 

I also find it very nice that tutors are offered extreme freedom in organising their own courses and this sometimes also provides “out of the box” points of view.

My personal goal during the courses that I am organising is to explain the close link between orthodontics and gnathology and to offer a point of view as broad as possible on the problems of TMJ and how to manage them in clinical practice daily.

In your opinion, what makes this course at LDi so unique?

I believe that the secret of this course is in the environment, both human and virtual.

There are no other online courses organised so well that offer so many educational possibilities to students. The fact that students can follow the lessons remotely and at the same time have a 24/7 channel with tutors makes learning much easier. Students are followed and guided in all phases of learning, from the basics to the management of more complex cases. 

Each case can even be evaluated by multiple experts and with different clinical approaches, stimulating a form of orthodontic critical thinking and opening up various therapeutic possibilities for our colleagues.

This makes it possible to see cases that are also sometimes very different from those we are usually used to in our practice, and to hear the opinions of tutors used to working differently and with different approaches.

Would you like to give some advice to dentists reading our newsletter who are interested in adding orthodontics to their practice?

Of course! First of all, if they have chosen to specialise in orthodontics in the field of dentistry, it is probably because they are curious people who like challenges. These two characteristics are critical in this matter, which seems difficult but, in reality, only requires a more critical approach. 

My advice is to never stop thinking: never to take cases for granted, but also not to be frightened by more complex cases but simply to think about them more carefully and never be afraid to ask for advice, because you never stop learning! 

Good luck!

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