|Progress on many fronts|
|Monday, 03 September 2012|
Sometimes it may seem as though all is quiet in the world of the Dental Faculty but I would reassure you that this is far from the case. The volume of work undertaken in the Faculty Office in Edinburgh is considerable and the support provided by Linda Stuart for the Faculty and our Fellows and Members is nothing short of phenomenal.
“We have been working with our sister Colleges... to develop three new Tri-collegiate Specialty Membership Examinations in Oral Surgery, Special Care Dentistry and Paediatric Dentistry”
The main reason for starting this work was to improve further the quality and consistency of these assessments: each of these specialties is relatively small and by taking a Tri-collegiate approach, the number of candidates for each diet has increased which contributes to robustness and validity of the examinations.
I currently have the pleasure of chairing the Tri-collegiate Specialty Membership Examination Executive (TSMEE) and it has been my first experience of working across the three Faculties of Dental Surgery in the United Kingdom. In some ways, delivering these first examinations has been a distinct challenge but this has been made much easier by the strong cooperation between the Faculties whilst the work of the respective Examination Departments has been nothing short of exceptional.
The first diets of Oral Surgery and Special Care Dentistry have been held and the first diet of Paediatric Dentistry will take place in September. As with any new examination, the Colleges have needed to become accustomed to these new processes and arrangements. However, I would like to record my thanks to the members of TSMEE which is made up of the Deans of the Dental Faculties, the Examinations leads for each Faculty, the Board Chairs of the three specialties and the Heads of the Examination Departments of each College.
As many of you will know, we have recently advertised for new Regional Advisers for the Dental Faculty, as many of current Advisers are reaching the end of their terms. I would like to thank them for their excellent and essential work for the Faculty and I look forward to thanking them in person at our annual meeting of Regional Advisers in Edinburgh in September. We have been delighted by the number of applicants for these Regional Adviser posts, particularly from our international colleagues as well as the United Kingdom. I am extremely grateful for your continuing support for the College and the Dental Faculty.
It goes without saying that if there is anything that I, the Faculty, or the College can do which would be of help, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Dean, Faculty of Dental Surgery