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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 2  

Clinical training in periodontology - The post graduate scenario


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 Publication23-Feb-2015

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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.151925

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From the late 1950's when post graduate education in Periodontology was started in the country and in the subsequent decades also periodontics as a specialty was not the preferred subject of choice for the graduate dental surgeons. Many of those who took Periodontics for their specialization did so more out of compulsion than choice. However from late 1990 onwards there was renewed interest in Periodontics as a specialty with the advent of Implants, widespread use of Lasers and interest in esthetic surgical procedures.

From the last decade the increased use of various soft tissue lasers for surgical procedures and of late the increased role of microsurgery in periodontal surgical procedures have added a new dimension to the clinical training provided in the specialty of Periodontics. Today students look up to Periodontics as a branch that can provide them clinical training for a variety of situations like surgical and nonsurgical management of periodontal diseases, esthetic dentistry interdisciplinary approaches and implants.

To streamline the periodontal training programs in the various institutions across the country, a meeting of the Heads of the departments of Periodontology in post graduate training institutions in India was held in December 2010 at Mumbai. This workshop came out with several recommendations regarding the MDS clinical training curriculum. It suggested that the post graduate guidance should be in a progressive level based manner to enable proficiency in mastering at every level (nonsurgical, basic surgical techniques, advanced surgical techniques, newer technology and managing medically compromised cases for periodontal surgical interventions.

The post graduates should be encouraged to do a reasonable spread of a number of cases to cover all spectrums of surgeries. They should compulsorily take up cases involving multidisciplinary interventions. Implant surgery and completed implant cases must form part of the clinical training. Training in conscious sedation should also form part of the curriculum. The list of instruments and equipment currently approved by the Dental council of India needs to be reviewed. The Indian Society of Periodontology has submitted an updated comprehensive list to the D C I but it is awaiting approval.

Till two decades back with very few dental institutions imparting post graduate education in Periodontics and with just two to three post graduate students in each department, there was an abundance of clinical material available. Students used to carry out a variety of surgical procedures. However, today with the increase in the number of post graduate seats in every institution the fact is that the clinical training provided to our students has been substantially reduced. An oft-repeated complaint by the post graduates is that they do not get adequate cases to work on and are not able to fully develop their surgical skills. In today's era where esthetic dentistry and implants are making rapid strides it is imperative that we provide a good clinical training to our students.

With the increased number of post graduate centers today there is a lot of good quality research going on and the research work from our country is being published in most of the international journals. Research is an integral part of an academic setup, but it should not be a substitute for clinical training. It is a fact that an overwhelming majority of our students end up as clinicians and teachers and only a very miniscule percentage end up taking research as a career. Hence, it is the duty of post graduate teachers to use their vast clinical experience to train the Post Graduate students in the various surgical procedures, which will help to enhance their clinical skills.

Let us look forward to the scenario where the revised guidelines submitted by the I S P to the Dental Council of India is accepted and we continue to sustain the interest that the dental graduates have in taking up Periodontology for their Master's program. Wish all of you a successful year ahead.




 

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