Feb. 21, 2014 - NEW YORK -- Elite Dental of Staten Island is pleased to announce that Dr. Steven Acker of the practice has been named a Clinical Instructor at the Kois Center.
The Kois Center is located on the shore of Lake Union in the heart of Seattle, Washington and its mission is “advancing dentistry through science.” The Kois Center offers a comprehensive nine-course curriculum involving aesthetic, occlusion, and restorative dentistry. This curriculum is built upon Dr. John C. Kois´ mission statement: “Enabling motivated dentists to achieve extraordinary levels, expanding both knowledge and application skills in restorative dentistry.” The Center achieves this by using a variety of high technological teaching modalities ranging from computer animation to live video demonstrations. Video cameras feed images from a variety of inputs simultaneously. The Center´s high-tech dental office and laboratory interface with the conference room to allow for questions and answers during the over-the-shoulder demonstrations. Various camera angles capture close-up details and a broad overview of procedures.
Criteria for becoming a Clinical Instructor include: completed and passed the Mentor Exam at the Kois Center Mentor; attend Kois Center symposiums; and attendance as a mentor in Kois center courses. To be considered for a clinical instructor position you must be nominated and then evaluated by the Center’s Advisory Board. Factors considered in evaluation are recommendations, course evaluations, committee involvement, commitment, support and involvement at the center, desire to teach, and willingness to provide leadership. The Center’s Advisory Board makes the final selection of the Clinical Instructors every January.
“In the field of dentistry, there are those who stand out amidst the rest as truly embodying excellence in who they are, and in what they do. It is this type of individual who inspires others and elevates the field of dentistry to a new level. You are this type of individual,” said John C. Kois DMD, MSD, founder of the Kois Center, in the announcement letter sent to Dr. Aker.
Dr. Acker has been a mentor for the Kois Center since 2007. After completing the advanced curriculum, Dr. Acker passed the exam and presented cases to achieve the Center’s mentor status. A clinical instructor is the next and highest level after being a mentor at the Kois Center. The clinical instructors are responsible for overseeing the mentors and assisting Dr. Kois in teaching and working with the doctors who are taking the advanced courses.