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Practice Enhancement Tool (PET)

Re-Start of the Quality Assurance Program

In March 2020, the College suspended the Quality Assurance Program due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the selection of members for review of their e-Portfolio and the Practice Enhancement Tool (PET) was suspended and all current CE cycles for all dentists were extended by one year.

Beginning in January 2021, the College will be re-starting the Quality Assurance Program, including the selection of members for review of their e-Portfolio and the PET. Members who are selected will be notified in writing by the College.

This means:

  • Members who are selected for review of their e-Portfolio will have 30 days to ensure that they have logged their continuing education activities into their e-Portfolio and provide the College with their CE attendance verification documents. For more details, please go to Continuing Education and the e-Portfolio
  • Members who are selected for the PET will have 30 days from their start date to submit their completed PET assessment to the College. For more details please go to Practice Enhancement Tool

Members can read more about the Quality Assurance Program on our website at www.rcdso.org. For continuing education inquiries, contact ce@rcdso.org, and for PET inquiries, contact pet@rcdso.org.

Practice Enhancement Tool

The Practice Enhancement Tool is an online self-assessment program that forms an important part of the College’s Quality Assurance Program. It allows dentists to evaluate and assess their practice, knowledge, skill and judgment based on peer-derived standards. The College worked closely with the National Dental Examining Board of Canada and the Wilson Centre in the development of this tool to ensure its validity and integrity.

The assessment consists of 200 multiple choice and case study questions, based on a foundation of knowledge required of all dentists. There are fifteen competency areas of practice:

  • pharmacology
  • oral medicine and pathology
  • radiology
  • caries
  • endodontics
  • periodontics
  • orthodontics
  • prosthodontics
  • oral surgery
  • infection prevention and control
  • jurisprudence and ethics
  • operative and preventive dentistry
  • pediatric dentistry
  • medical emergencies
  • general medicine

For those with a specialty certificate in dental anesthesia, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology, oral radiology, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics or prosthodontics, the assessment will include their particular specialty area, as well as five additional competency areas that are most relevant to their specialty.

Once the PET assessment is completed, results appear immediately on screen. The overwhelming majority of members will be notified that, relative to their peers, their results are satisfactory. Some members will be notified that, relative to their peers, their results indicate that they may benefit from continuing education activities in one or more areas of practice.

Practice Enhancement Consultants

Our Practice Enhancement Consultants can help all members by reviewing and interpreting detailed results of their assessment and, if requested, assist them in developing a continuing education plan to address any weakness identified by the PET. They can also guide members to the most appropriate continuing education activities to ensure their success.

Whether dentists are preparing for the Practice Enhancement Tool or have completed their self-assessment, they are welcome to contact Dr. Greg Anderson and Dr. Brian Feldman.

Practice Enhancement Tool Resources

The assessment is essentially open-book. You can refer to textbooks, journals and many other resources to help you answer the questions. This is all part of the learning process.

Our consultants continually review scholarly journals and textbooks for relevant information to include as part of our PET resources for dentists. There is no single source of information to assist you with every question, but you may find these resources helpful as you go through the PET.

To access PEAK articles, login to the Member Resource Centre. Click on PEAK in the navigation menu to access the document archive. The articles are listed in alphabetical order.

Review the PET resources.

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