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SECRETARY’S MESSAGE
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 89  

The much desired educational fillip in periodontology


Secretary, Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor and Head, Department of Periodontics and Implantology, VSPM Dental College and Research Centre, Digdoh Hills, Hingna Road, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication29-Dec-2017

Correspondence Address:
Abhay Kolte
Secretary, Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor and Head, Department of Periodontics and Implantology, VSPM Dental College and Research Centre, Digdoh Hills, Hingna Road, Nagpur, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/jisp.jisp_334_17

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Kolte A. The much desired educational fillip in periodontology. J Indian Soc Periodontol 2017;21:89

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Kolte A. The much desired educational fillip in periodontology. J Indian Soc Periodontol [serial online] 2017 [cited 2018 Sep 25];21:89. Available from: http://www.jisponline.com/text.asp?2017/21/2/89/222059



Dear Friends,

I am happy to note that there have been very important discussions going on within the members of the Executive Committee and all have been directed towards the development of the society and also towards offering additional educational avenues to our young professionals who are bubbling with enthusiasm and knowledge. It has been largely felt that after post-graduation there are hardly any avenues for the members. Except for a few universities which offer the PhD, but then these are also very minimal in numbers. When it comes to the practitioners and clinicians, the very idea of going in for PhD does not appeal as it is considered to be one of the qualification needs to be in the academics, though not a mandatory one. The desire does exist in everyone's minds but it should not be diluting of standards and of course should necessarily be earned with quality work.

Getting along with the prevailing options available in some of the other specialities, the idea of having National Boards in Periodontology and Implantology was seen as one of the most accepted options. The National Boards will be awarding Fellowships and Diplomate in Periodontology. The idea was discussed at length a few years back, but then bringing such a programme under the aegis of a University was felt as one of the needs. We need to pick up threads from this point and proceed further. Definitely having a tie up with one of the Universities will bring and additional authenticity to the programme but it should not be a stumbling block for deciding and implementing the progressive idea. Looking at this aspect in a more generalised term, it should be kept as an option may be at a later date. The other specialities also do not have any University tie up and are continuing with the said programme quite successfully over the years. I am confident that if we proceed with the right intentions and frame the rules and regulations stringently, we will also be in a position to offer our post graduates with the required educational fillip.

Our speciality enables us to explore all our allied therapeutic modalities in which the National Boards programme can be initiated right from Periodontology, Implantology, Lasers, Regenerative periodontics, Periodontal biomarkers etc., and the list seems to be a long one. Many of us on going through the possibility of masters in so many fields will be surprised to see the extensiveness of our speciality. In fact, many private firms and companies already have continuing educational programmes in these fields and have been offering certificate programmes on these topics. It is really unfortunate that even though these therapeutic aspects are integral part of our speciality we have not been able to harp on the benefits of it.

I believe that it is never too late to start on a new possibility, albeit with adequate preparations and discussions. Let us all initiate our thought process in this direction and put forth our suggestions and inputs so that the committee can arrive at definitive decisions regarding beginning with this new venture of our society. I further appeal each and every member of our society to provide the office with feedback be it positive or critical as this will only help us in improving our working.

ISPecially Yours




 

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