Year : 2012 | Volume
: 16 | Issue : 3 | Page : 311-
Where do we go from here
Hon. Secretary, Indian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Ragas Dental College and Hospital, East Coast Road, Uthandi, Chennai, India
Hon. Secretary, Indian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Ragas Dental College and Hospital, East Coast Road, Uthandi, Chennai
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Another academic year has started, the XXI IAOMP National Conference is round the corner and the time has come for the induction of members to the various positions and responsibilities in the Association. I look back with a sense of fulfillment and pleasure in having the member's confidence over the past 4 years as the Hon. Secretary of IAOMP.
Over the past 4 years there has been an increase in membership, increasing and active participation of the executive committee members and a lot of energy and positive changes in the association, under the dynamic leadership of The Presidents' Drs. Ipe Verghese, K Ramesh, P Nainani, and Alka D Kale. I have had the privilege of interacting with various members: The stalwarts, senior colleagues, the budding Oral Pathologists, and our colleagues from other branches in Medicine and Dentistry at regional, national, and international forums, and it is a matter of pride to hear the positive feedback about our growth as an Association.
With rapid growth comes more responsibility, and new scenarios arise that we should adapt too rapidly if we are to sustain the growth. Our specialty is at crossroads-this however is not unique to India but is a global phenomenon, and in fact was the matter of deliberation for an entire session at the 16 th IAOP meet at Sao Pedro, Brazil, where I had to contribute my views with respect to the Indian scenario, in my position as the Asian Councilor of IAOP. It may not come as a surprise that the issues we face are the same that confront our colleagues globally. They are
How can oral pathology be stream lined in the dental curriculum so as to create interest in the undergraduates?How can methods of postgraduate training be standardized nationally and internationally?How can new opportunities be created to ensure employability of our graduates?How to initiate research and explore avenues of collaboration?
Interestingly, these are the same issues I have been asked time and again by our members-postgraduates and faculty. We need to address these at the earliest if we as a specialty are to be relevant to the current state of evolving dental education and practice.
More specifically we need to address: The career opportunities for the newly graduating oral pathologists, interaction with the policy-making bodies including the Dental Council of India (DCI) to assert the relevance of Oral Pathology in the dental curriculum and its scope, to provide guidance for the graduates to obtain funds and do research, to update our didactic methods and approach, and last but not the least to engage in active dialogue and collaboration with other specialities and national and international associations to increase our sphere of relevance and influence as a profession.
I am glad to say that we have initiated steps to address these issues. With the support of the senior members we have interacted and appraised the President of the DCI regarding faculty requirements and curricula. The President of the DCI has assured us that the issues would be looked into and addressed. Our scope has increased and new avenues are open with the inclusion of forensic odontology in the curriculum. The association has initiated didactic training programs for faculty which we hope to implement in zones, with the cooperation of members. Continuous Dental education programs are being held by our members in different parts of the country and many of these have involved other specialties-this is a trend that needs to be encouraged. In terms of research, we have involved the ICMR in research methodology program of the association and I am glad to inform that ICMR is actively encouraging applications for oral research. It is my pleasure to inform you that I have been given the option, if interested to host the 7 th World Workshop on Oral aspects of HIV and also host the 18 th International Congress of the IAOP. Our Journal has steadily grown in quality and national and international reach. The Fellowship program is gaining traction and we hope to define it as a necessity for representation from our association as we reach out to our international colleagues.
Although the challenges are many, we have a very dynamic group, abundance of enthusiasm and potentially new and productive avenues to look forward to and I have no doubt that working together we will lead our association to new and productive heights.