Indian Journal of Dental Research

: 2006  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-


B Sivapathasundharam 
 Department of Oral and Maxillo Facial Pathology, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College and Hospital, Alapakkam main road, Maduravoyal, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

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B Sivapathasundharam
Department of Oral and Maxillo Facial Pathology, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College and Hospital, Alapakkam main road, Maduravoyal, Chennai, Tamilnadu

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Dear readers,

New Year Greetings!

The recently held 'National symposium on salivary gland diseases' organized by the Indian Society for Dental Research and Meenakshi Academy of Higher education and research (Deemed University), was a grand success with participation from specialties of oral surgery oral medicine oral pathology, general pathology and general surgery. An interesting aspect was the attendance of a large number of general dental practitioners.

Those who are involved in active fall time practice get their knowledge refreshed by attending such seminars, workshops, continuing education programs and hands-on courses. Teaching institutions should come forward to conduct such programs periodically at reasonable delegate fees and professional associations, medical universities and Dental Council of India (DCI) should co-sponsor such programs.

Since changes in science and technology are continuing processes, the practitioners, who are not attached to any teaching institution, must upgrade their knowledge to meet the changing trends in the field of medicine and dentistry, to cater to their patient in a better way. DCI can even make it mandatory for the dental practitioners to attend a specific number of these programs in a particular time interval for the renewal of their registration.

I further feel that the system of lifetime registration with the council should be abolished. There is a possibility of misusing the life time registration. Also council loses its hold on the practitioners to impose any new rules such as attending refresher courses, continuing education programs and the like. The duty of the council does not end with regulating the teaching institutions; it should also hold responsibility to upgrade the knowledge ofthe practitioners for the benefit of general public. This can be done by conducting refresher courses, circulating news letters and periodicals relevantto dentistry, at free of costto the practitioners who are not involved in teaching program.

with regards,