|Faculty’s trainee roadshow rolls out|
|Friday, 08 March 2013|
In November, the Dental Faculty presented the first educational Roadshow event to support foundation training
Held at the Leeds Marriott Hotel for the Yorkshire Deanery trainees, the day was organised and hosted by Brian Nattress, RCSEd Regional Dental Adviser (RDA), and was attended by over 90 recent dental graduates from across the country.
This was the first of what is hoped to be many more UK-wide events to help Dental Foundation trainees.
The theme for the Faculty’s first Roadshow programme was suggested by Pamela Ellis, RDA for the South West of England, and was entitled “The Biological Impact of Dentistry in the 21st Century”, while the Vice Dean, Rob Chate, organised the contributing speakers.
The aim was to provide an evidence-based cautionary overview of the risks associated with the practice of ‘quick-fix/ten-years-younger’ make-over dentistry.
Senior Fellows and Members with national and international reputations in their fields of special interest took part. Professor Trevor Burke presented on the indications and consequential risks of providing porcelain veneers, and risk management strategies for procedures associated with cosmetic dentistry were outlined by Mr Brian Edlin, of Dental Protection.
Mr John Scholey, Consultant Orthodontist for the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, illustrated the indications and limitations of clear aligner therapies in comparison to conventional, complex multi-disciplinary treatments.
Later, Mr Rob Chate, Vice Dean of RCSEd’s Dental Faculty, discussed the MFDS diploma as well as the Faculty’s subsequent professional development opportunities.
The importance of a conservative approach to the management of patients with temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction was emphasised by Dr Robin Gray, former Senior Lecturer in Dental Medicine and Surgery at Manchester University. Dr Gray also illustrated the risks associated with irreversible occlusal adjustments for patients with undiagnosed ‘headaches’.
Mr Sanjay Chopra, a member of the Advisory Board of Implant Dentistry, spoke about the impact of dental implants in contemporary clinical practice.
The success of the day was assured by the support provided by Laura Whytock and her College Education team, as well as through the trade exhibitions and generous sponsorship from Denplan, Dental Protection, Evident, Kerr, Wesleyan Medical Sickness and Wiley Blackwell publishers, who provided two prize-draw textbooks won by Alexandra Callaghan and Amanda Pycock.
Overall, 98% of the dental foundation trainees rated the event as either good or excellent, giving a clear indication for the Faculty to continue extending its Roadshow programme across the UK.