BACD presents Dr Donald Sloss as new PresidentNews
Posted by: The Probe 29th November 2017
The British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) is delighted to present Dr Donald Sloss as its new President. Donald is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He has also passed Membership exams of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and is one of the few dentists in the country to have passed the strenuous accreditation process of the BACD.
Having been involved with the BACD from the very beginning, Donald comments on what he sees are the main strengths of the Academy:
“The BACD is one of the largest cosmetic dental organisations in world, which allows us to offer a wide range of educational services to members. This includes everything from basic understanding of smile design and aesthetic dentistry through to the most advanced techniques available, ultimately helping to improve the lives of patients. Our educational events give members easy access to the very best cosmetic dentists and educators in the world. When I first started in dentistry, I had to travel to Europe or even the US to get good education. But now, not only have we created great local talent, but we can also bring outstanding international speakers to UK, which is much more convenient.”
In addition to its clinical educational offerings, the BACD delivers on-going support in business-related areas as well. Taking this a step further, Donald is keen to not only provide the information and assistance members need, but he also hopes to re-ignite their passion for dentistry.
“I’d say one of the biggest challenges in dentistry today is meeting all the regulations,” says Donald. “While important to ensure the safety and effectiveness of patient care, I feel that the excessive red tape distracts professionals from the reason they got involved with dentistry in the first place – caring for patients. I think dentists need to recapture their profession to be able to enjoy dentistry again.”
Officially taking up his role as President of the BACD at the recent Annual Conference, Donald discusses what the Academy’s focus will be going forward.
“The BACD will continue to focus on providing first-class education for all members of the dental team. In days gone by, the majority of top cosmetic dentists seemed to be foreign, but with some fantastic talent in the UK right now, we want to help cultivate and learn from them too.
“As demonstrated during our 2017 Conference, which was designed in collaboration with the British Society for Occulsal Studies (BSOS), we remain committed to enhancing aesthetic outcomes with adequate function. We’re looking to make sure that cosmetic dentistry is applied to mainstream dentistry – all dentistry should be aesthetic, so if you’re restoring teeth, why not do it in a beautiful way?
“I’d also like to see more coordination between other dental societies and academia in the future. We already offer postgraduate education, but it would be great if we could start even earlier and influence undergraduate training too.
“The overall BACD philosophy will remain key in the coming years – it’s all about our patients. It’s about how we can best deliver a great service for them, give them back their confidence and maintain their teeth for life. As an Academy, our goal is to obtain the resources we need to provide even more fantastic professional learning opportunities for our members, ultimately promoting skills and a knowledge base for the good of our patients.”
For further enquiries about the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry visit www.bacd.com.
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