Yehuda J. Benjamin, D.M.D., F.A.G.D., M.S.

Yehuda J. Benjamin, D.M.D., F.A.G.D., M.S.
Chair of Endodontics
Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
3:40 p.m.
Saturday, March 2, 2024
International Academy of Endodontics Annual Meeting
The Rosen Plaza Hotel
Orlando, Florida, USA
“Present status and future direction of endodontic education:  Observations of an endodontist transitioned to endodontic educator"
A 26-year-old dental school graduate applying for an endodontic residency in 2024, born in 1998, belongs to Generation Z. As this demographic increasingly represents the majority in Advanced Dental Education Residencies, determining effective strategies to engage and teach them is of critical importance for educators.
This short-form essay will explore endodontic education's present landscape and its potential trajectory. It will discuss the experiences of residents transitioning from dental school or early restorative dental practice into endodontic residency, the influence of emerging technologies, and the continued effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on endodontic education. These topics will be analyzed with a focus on educating this particular generation and understanding their similarities and differences compared to preceding generations.

This presentation will incorporate insights from the presenter's transition from private practice to academia, exploring the challenges and opportunities that exist in this role. An emphasis will be on balancing technical endodontic training with the development of compassionate, patient-centered clinicians. The importance of resilience, innovation, and ongoing learning in our rapidly changing specialty will be highlighted. The lecture will conclude with a discussion on fostering a culture of excellence and empathy in endodontic education, serving as a call to action for the endodontic community.
Major Topics:
Educating Generation Z in endodontics.
Current and future trends in endodontic education.
Challenges in transitioning from dental school to residency.
Impact of technology and COVID-19 on education.
Personal insights from practice to academia.
Balancing technical skills with compassionate care.
Encouraging resilience and innovation in endodontics.
Learning Objectives: 
  1. Understand the Educational Needs of Generation Z
  2. Recognize the Impact of Technology and the Pandemic on Endodontic Education
  3. Develop Strategies for Comprehensive Professional Development
Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine
About the Presenter:  
Dr. Yehuda Benjamin was born in New York City but raised in Cooper City, Florida. He earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Florida College of Dentistry, completed a one-year general practice residency at New York Presbyterian Brooklyn-Methodist Hospital, and practiced as a restorative dentist for several years before specializing in endodontics and attaining his Master of Science and Certificate in Endodontics from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. 

Dr. Benjamin has over a decade of experience in private practice before accepting the position of Postdoctoral Director of Endodontics in 2021 and was appointed as the Chair of Endodontics in 2023. His academic areas of interest include dental traumatology, endodontic disease education and prevention, endodontic patient-centered outcomes, and the pursuit of dental health equity.