The Presidental Chair 4
Alam ko na ‘yan!
As chairman of the committee on continuing education for the last two years, I’ve always been searching and pursuing for lectures/lecturers who would draw interest and rev up attendance during our scientific seminars. Something substantial yet something new. Something basic yet still interesting. Basic, hmmm … a word we’ve heard for years yet easily ignored. What with all the post-graduate courses, symposiums and seminars we’ve amassed through the years. We seem to think that the basics of dentistry have been eclipsed by modern trends and techniques.
Dr. Achacoso once confided that today’s dentists are always hungry for new topics, lectures and materials. With the basic subjects, however, the usual response was, “Alam ko na ‘yan, wala bang bago?” The thing is, most of the basic techniques and methods we’ve readily imbibed during college are easily drawn out, modified or worse, totally forgotten as we start our practice of the profession. The materials may change and improve yet, the basics in operative dentistry (keep a dry field, contour the matrix, etc.) and other fields remain. As established dentists, it is our duty to guide our new and budding dental assistants on true dentistry and not on what we’ve usually adopted and gotten used to. For new dentists, be keen in the procedures employed by your “boss”. Absorb new knowledge which can be useful but don’t get influenced by faster yet ineffective methods (don’t use a matrix band for Class II).
In our age of fast-paced lifestyles and instant gratification, it is still important to go back to the basics in life, something substantial that would last through the years. And that goes for dentistry, too.