“If you don’t change you will never progress”
Oh, how dentistry has change since I entered dental school in the late seventies. I must admit that I “swanned” my way through dentistry, doing what I had to do but not overdoing it. Mark Twain said, “Never let your schooling get in the way of your education” and I took his advice to heart. Well, I did make it, mainly because I turned up to lectures and I did a bit of work on the side. Could have been more but a pass is a pass.
The BAOS Annual Scientific conferences continue to go from strength to strength as demonstrated by the recent conference held in Belfast, Northern Ireland on the 27 to 29th of September 2017. The event was held in the iconic Europa Hotel in the city centre.
My Dad was the type of man whom held the attention of a room full of people with his charismatic chat and charm. He was significantly slowed by a massive stroke 20 years ago, but he was still a conversationalist and social individual. He was surrounded by family and friends celebrating his 80th year, when not three months later he was poorly in hospital with very limited communication skills and suffering episodes of acute confusion and states of paranoid delusions.
Tara Renton – Outgoing President
It has been an amazing privilege to represent BAOS and Council over the last two years. I cannot thank the Council members enough for their extra-ordinary commitment and energy – unfunded and on top of busy professional and personal lives. Our past lead Administrator Roger developed sound foundations in the infrastructure of the Association, further built on by our new admin team Sophie with Rita…my sincere thanks.
BAOS Honorary Treasurer
Another annual conference is on the horizon as I write this and the AGM will be held as usual. It’s always heartening to see so many members of BAOS attend the AGM but I know it’s not possible for everyone. Therefore, I felt this article was a good opportunity to discuss the new annual membership fee structure that will be proposed for 2018 during the AGM. Also I’d like to remind the membership of all of the benefits of belonging to BAOS as well giving you an insight to the ‘behind the scenes’ work that Council members undertake on behalf of the Specialty.
It was with some trepidation that I attended to the recent BAOS joint Council and Regional Representatives training day in London.
I was looking forward to meeting up with our fantastic BAOS reps who do such an amazing job organising Oral Surgery study days all across the British Isles, I was eager to catch up on OS news, national politics and training issues from my Council colleagues. So why the anxiety? As a digital immigrant my concern lay in my general ignorance and fearfulness about the training days subject matter ‘digital professionalism’.
BAOS Oral Surgery Trainees Rep
As trainee representative on the SAC I have been fortunate to be a part of the working group for National Recruitment for Oral Surgery. I thought I’d use my blog to update everyone on the process that has commenced this year for our specialty.
Professor Paul Coulthard
BAOS Council Member and Editor-in-Chief of Oral Surgery Dubai and Conscious Sedation
First weekend in May I was running a sedation workshop in Dubai. I have been travelling to various places in world but especially the Middle East to promote the use of conscious sedation for more than twenty-five years now. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are fascinating in that they have huge expatriate populations served by expatriate dentists trained in all parts of the world and with vastly different educational experience in respect of conscious sedation techniques and in particular a wider understanding of the implications of the patients general health. All the health professionals who seek to work in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are required to satisfy increasingly stringent regulatory requirements as the Government is on a mission to increase the quality of care provided for the population. The UAE regulation is tight around many areas of practice of clinical dentistry and the CPD requirements are significantly greater than required in the UK.
I don’t know about you but I know I haven’t cracked this “work/life balance” thing. Like many of you I am busy at work, dealing with patients, staff and generally running the practice as well as keeping an eye on how many UDA’s have been completed as the end of year is looming. Home is equally as busy with normal day to day stuff; the after school clubs, book week and even St David’s Day celebrations last week!