Live Patient Treatment

Foundation Course 3

Discover the power of implant placement upon live patients

in a highly mentored environment.

Discover the power of implant placement upon live patients in a highly mentored environment.

Our Live Patient Treatment course is the heart of the Entry Point™ experience.

Our live patient treatment courses are the single most effective step you can take in integrating dental implants into your own practice. This 22 CE course is book-ended with treatment planning and debrief sessions that offer tremendous additional value; in addition to learning more from your own cases, you will learn a wide variety of information from your colleagues. We invite you to join us. 


1-2 weeks before course:

    • Treatment planning session with Dr. Hillam via Zoom.
    • Prepare for treatment planning presentation
    • Prepare for case


    • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM: Lunch and Break
    • 1:00 PM-4:00 PM: Treatment planning presentations
    • 4:00 PM-5:00 PM: Break
    • 5:00 PM-8:00 PM: Clinical Segment 1A


    • 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Breakfast
    • 8:30 AM-11:30 AM: Clinical Segment 1B
    • 11:30 AM-2:30 PM: Clinical Segment 2A
    • 2:30 PM-3:00 PM: Lunch
    • 3:00 PM-6:00 PM: Clinical Segment 2B
    • 6:00 PM-8:00 PM: Case Presentations

Course Objectives:

Participants will learn:
• Treatment planning techniques
• CBCT analysis
• Real-time lessons and techniques for more efficient placement
• Corrective techniques when implants need re-direction
• Case presentation techniques
• And much more…

When you have completed your foundational didactic training and you are ready for the next step, there is nothing comparable to a Live Patient Treatment experience. Our unique format will allow you to learn practical tips from your cases that will give you the confidence you need to fly solo in your practice.  


Register for an Entry Point™ bundle to receive a significant discount on each subsequent Live Patient Treatment course.

Entry Point™ Foundation Courses 1 and 2 are a required pre-requisite for the Live Patient Treatment course.

Live Patient Treatment can be taken as a standalone course for advanced attendees – see our More Advanced Training page for details.


22 CE Hours


• June 21-22, 2024


Roseman University

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is the format the same for every Live Patient Treatment course? Yes. It is the same format every time (see above). The more live patient courses you do, the more experience you gain. Three live patient sessions are a good amount for most docs to feel comfortable with “flying solo” with starter cases, so that’s how the continuum is designed — but you can enroll in as many Live Patient Treatment courses as you wish.  

How many implants will I place at a Live Patient Treatment course? Short answer: around 3-5 implants for most docs.

Long answer: there will be two, 3-hour surgical segments for each participant. In that 3-hour span, we have found that our docs will generally have time to place 2+ implants. So — since there are two 3-hour sessions at the course, attendees can expect to place 4+ implants at the course. Sometimes it will be more than that, and sometimes it can even be less (if aborting and/or grafting becomes necessary). These things will vary according to patient needs, site variations, and doctor aptitude.

NOTE: We do not guarantee a certain number of implants that you will place per course. Our goal is to help you fly solo with implant placement in your own practice, using best practices. We have learned that this is best accomplished with carefully mentored cases, where the emphasis is on the development of a very specific diagnostic and clinical skillset. The quality of your experience is more important to us than a specific quantity of cases. 

Is there a prerequisite for the Live Patient Treatment course? Yes. There are TWO prerequisites: first, you must take our Surgical Placement Fundamentals course. Second, you must take Dr. Hillam’s online course, called Site-Specific Tx Planning Using CBCT Imaging. Once you have taken these two courses, you are ready to go! Prosthetic Concepts is the other didactic course in the continuum. It is highly recommended, but it is not a prerequisite for the Live Patient Treatment courses. 

Can I skip the classroom course and just take the live patient course? No. See above. Here is a possible exception: You have already taken a beginning implant course that is comparable in scope to our Surgical Placement Fundamentals course. In that case, just contact us and let us know what course you’ve taken, to make sure it qualifies — then, you will still need to take our online Site-Specific Tx Planning Using CBCT Imaging.

What about licensure? After completing registration, you must send a copy of your current practicing license (US and Canada dentists only) and a copy of your malpractice insurance to the course manager, who will reach out to you. You will need to verify with your malpractice insurance company if you are covered outside your practice. If you are not covered outside your practice, you can obtain temporary Utah liability insurance. Please see the course registration page for more info.

Where do the patients come from? We have several resources for acquiring patients. They are not required to pay for their implant placement, so they are generally very appreciative of the service that is being provided to them. They understand that their implant(s) will be placed in a learning environment where their doctor is learning new skills, where things may take longer than usual, and where the particulars of their treatment will be openly discussed as their treatment progresses. We ask you to treat these patients like your own — we really appreciate their willingness to participate in these courses! 

Can I bring my own patient? Certainly. Many participants choose to bring their own patients to live patient courses. Please contact us if you are interested in this option. You will be asked to supply a .dicom file (CBCT) with your intended treatment plan, and a host-level assessment of the patient. We’ll help you look carefully at whether your patient will be a good fit for your needs. 

Do you offer a course discount if I bring my own patient? No. 

Can I enroll in a standalone Live Patient Treatment session? Yes! You will fit right in. Our course format applies to implantologists of all levels. We know that everyone’s needs are different — from those who are just beginning, to those who want to expand their repertoire of surgical procedures to include bone and sinus manipulation, etc. We do insist on an appropriate amount of classroom training prior to joining us. And now, to make it as easy as possible to meet this requirement, our Surgical Placement Fundamentals course is available online! Please contact us if you are interested in this option. 

Do you provide support staff? Yes! Roseman has a highly qualified clinical team that will be at your service throughout your time in the clinic. 

Do you provide food? Lunch will be provided on both days. Friday has a scheduled lunch break, and Saturday is scheduled more tightly so that attendees can make it back to the airport in the evening. But food is provided on both days. Please contact us if you have specific dietary needs.

Can I audit this course? Definitely! Auditing makes great sense for some of our docs, for a variety of reasons. If you audit a live patient session, you will gain a great deal from the treatment planning and debrief sessions, and you are welcome to join the treating docs in the operatory. The fee for auditing this course is $2000. A limited number of these seats are available. Please contact us if you are interested.  

Can I bring my own equipment? Yes. We encourage this. Many course participants have favorite retractors, hand instruments, etc. However, a complete array of instruments will be provided for the course, along with implant motors and a full inventory of implants from Blue Sky Bio. 

Is it really worth it for me to assist? Yes — this is a tried-and-true format that is used for the vast majority of live patient implant courses. You will learn a great deal from assisting your colleagues. However, if you are an advanced implant placer who is taking this as a standalone course, other arrangements can be made that allow you to use all available clinical time for your cases.  

Do you have other questions? Please contact us! 

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