|Learning across the professional spectrum|
|Monday, 05 March 2012|
In addition to meetings for specialists and those preparing for UK specialty membership examinations, the Faculty runs a number of events for colleagues who are dental care professionals and dentists in the earlier stages of their careers. These offer an opportunity to provide both education and advice over future professional possibilities including the role that the College and Faculty can play in supporting them.
Every year, Fellows and Members, with the support of the deans and heads of the UK dental schools, provide presentations for final-year dental students outlining possibilities for the future. These give an opportunity to describe what the College can offer and provide further career guidance to add to that already provided by the schools themselves. We appreciate the support of the deans and heads of schools in allowing these opportunities and our Fellows and Members who make the presentations.
We also hold a highly successful annual conference for dental care professionals: this year’s is 3 March. The conference was established in 1997 by David Birnie and his Advisory Board for the Professions Complementary to Dentistry. It continues to be one of the highlights of the calendar.
Every year, there is one main educational event for the newer graduate when the Faculty presents its annual Vocational Dental Practitioners’ Study Day. This is held at the College, giving an opportunity for colleagues to visit the RCSEd and find out more about the opportunities that are available for their career development. The programme is usually varied and sometimes includes some unfamiliar topics. This year’s conference on 27 January was no different and the Faculty is greatly indebted to Dr Brent Weller for organising such a varied and stimulating programme whilst we are also grateful to the speakers for giving so generously of their time and expertise.
The programme covered a broad range of topics from healthcare delivery in Scotland, the role of military dentists in conflicts, the General Dental Council, forensic dentistry, research in primary care and career development.
Programmes such as this would not be possible without external support. We are grateful to the Postgraduate Dental Dean for Scotland, David Felix, for facilitating the attendance of these young practitioners and to our sponsors Dental Protection Limited, DTS International and Wesleyan Medical Sickness.