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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 2  

To do or not to do; that is the question!

President, Indian Society of Periodontology, Private Practitioner, 26 Maniknagar, Gangapur Road, Nashik, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication28-Feb-2018

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Nitin Dani
President, Indian Society of Periodontology, Private Practitioner, 26 Maniknagar, Gangapur Road, Nashik, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/jisp.jisp_91_18

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“Sometimes life brings you full circle to a place you have been before just to show you how much you have grown” (Anonymous)

When I joined college for post-graduation way back in 1982, the question on every ones lips was “Why MDS Perio?” I was advised to start my practice as soon as possible with the logic that the time I would take to complete my course could be used to “settle down” in the clinic. The question was also more subject specific. What would I do with my higher education other than scaling and polishing? And it seems that these statements have come to haunt us once again. To do or not to do MDS was the question. So I decided to look back and see what MDS did for me.

Extension of college life was the first thing that joining the post-graduate course did for me. Though it is not the logical reason to do PG, it is most often the first reason to do it. In the early twenties one is not willing to enter the big bad world of professionalism. And the years spent in doing MDS always remain the best moments of one's life!

The moment I started my clinic I was at an advantage in practice. The “MDS” on my board made sure that I stood out from other practitioners. Higher education had brought a radical change in the way I approached a case, analyzed it and delivered the care expected of me, not to speak of the various advanced procedures I could now perform. Moreover, a Periodontist is always the best practitioner as we are trained to treat the patient and not the only the lesion, thus ensuring that ours patients had years of trouble free lives.

The next good thing to happen to me was academics. With the advent of private dental colleges in the early nineties I soon became a teacher; moving from undergraduate to postgraduate teaching. And it was here that I found a facet of my personality that I did not know. I loved teaching and my students liked me to teach too! And the joy on seeing your students do well in college and later in life is unparalleled. I often say that teaching is the best learning experience one can get, and I certainly learnt a lot when I had to teach. Additionally, conducting research, publishing the findings and presenting the same at conferences was a huge bonus.

Without a doubt the very best thing about being a Periodontist is that one can be a member of the ISP. I allows you to attend scientific programs and also speak at some. One remains in touch with the latest in the subject and also with fellow Periodontists. And if one has the flair or inclination to perform association activities it gives you countless opportunities to do so. In fact my elevation to the highest post in the ISP is a culmination of what began in 1982; MDS (Perio).

So why does the doubt exist whether one must do post-graduation; especially in Periodontology? Given the opportunity we must encourage and convince the next generation of dental surgeons that doing MDS and that to in Periodontology is absolutely necessary. To learn; to earn; and to grow; both as a professional and as an individual. And this is what the full circle of life has revealed to me.


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