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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 682  

Periodontology - The road ahead


President, Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor and Head, Department of Periodontology, A B Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Date of Web Publication19-Dec-2014

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Biju Thomas
President, Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor and Head, Department of Periodontology, A B Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-124X.147394

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Postgraduate education in Periodontology started in India in the late 1950's, due to the vision of our eminent teachers like the late Mrs. T M S Ginwalla and Dr. G B Shankwalkar. Till the early 1980's, there were only a few dental colleges in India, mostly confined to the government sector. The mid-1980's saw a rapid increase in the number of dental colleges mainly in the private sector. This phenomenon continued for decades and today we have close to 290 dental colleges in the country.

From just a few dental colleges in each state, today colleges have been established in almost every nook and corner of the country. With the increase in the number of colleges, there was a huge demand for qualified postgraduate faculty to fulfill the requirements of the statutory bodies. This led to the salaries and other benefits of the faculty getting a tremendous boost. The faculty in the government sector also got a massive hike in their benefits through the 6th pay commission.

All this led to a lot of students choosing dentistry as an attractive career option and their was a huge demand for MDS seats all over the country. Most of the dental colleges started postgraduation to fulfill this demand and today we have close to 600 MDS students completing their postgraduate course in periodontology every year across the country.

There is no doubt that the increase in the number of dental colleges across the country has led to availability of quality dental health care to the masses. The standard of training provided to our postgraduates has also shown substantial improvement over the decades. The Indian Society of Periodontology has been able to organize several programs for the benefit of the postgraduates. However, today as we are saturated with MDS specialists there is a dearth of vacancies for our qualified MDS graduates in the dental colleges. A career as an academician is no longer an attractive option for our budding postgraduates.

It is here that we have to fulfill our role as mentors. We should be able to guide them to other career opportunities available. Today there is a huge demand for research assistants. Clinical research today is a multimillion dollar industry in the western countries, and many of the multinational firms are looking to India as a destination to carry out clinical trials. Consequently, there is a huge opportunity for the qualified people in this field. A good clinical training for our postgraduates in microsurgery, implants and lasers with emphasis on esthetic surgical procedures will definitely help them to establish a career as a specialist.

It is time that we take steps along with our statutory bodies to have career guidance sessions for our budding periodontists to prepare them for a career ahead. Keeping in mind the welfare of our students and for enhancing the standing of our specialty in the field of dentistry we have to take steps in this regard. I hope that we can all work together keeping this objective in mind.

 
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