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Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship with Dr. Peter Daley

A CBC feature indicated that the province of NL is leading the country in the rate of antibiotic prescriptions by health professionals. I contacted Dr. Peter Daley to ask him about the importance of this issue for dentistry; to shed some light about the level of risk that Canada is currently at; and what we can do to reverse the trend. Dr. Peter Daley is Associate Professor of Medicine at Memorial University in St John’s Newfoundland and the regional director of the medical microbiology laboratory and consultant in infectious diseases. We hope you find the interview informative and share your questions, thoughts, ...

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Dental Therapists: An Approach to Facilitating Access to Oral Health Care

Dr. Kavita Mathu-Muju is a pediatric dentist and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Mathu-Muju is also coauthor of 3 articles, which topics are: the Canadian experience using dental therapists to facilitate oral care for children; a global literature review of the use of dental therapists as members of the dental team; and a critique of the American experience with dental therapists.  The 3 articles are titled: Saskatchewan’s school-based dental program staffed by dental therapists: a retrospective case study (2016) A review of the global literature on dental therapists (2014) The dental ...

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Using Antibiotics Wisely to Combat Rising Drug Resistance

November 13 to 19, 2017 is World Antibiotic Awareness week. I have invited Dr. Shelita Dattani, Director, Practice Development and Knowledge Translation at the Canadian Pharmacists Association, to speak to our audience about antimicrobial resistance and stewardship. The issue is at the forefront of the World Health Organization list of priorities as rising resistance becomes gradually a global phenomenon.  Dr. Dattani spoke about how dentists and pharmacists are playing a crucial role in helping solve this issue.  We hope you find the interview informative and join our conversation. You can always share your feedback with us on Oasis Discussions or through oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca. Bookmark our page ...

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Conversation with Dr. Doug Brothwell, New Dean at U Sask

Dr. John O’Keefe welcome Dr. Doug Brothwell, the new Dean of the College of Dentistry at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Brothwell shared the advice he received from his colleagues and the previous Dean. He also spoke about his vision for the deanship position and his goals for the coming years.  We hope you enjoy the conversation and share your feedback with us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca. Don’t forget to bookmark the page to stay up to date with our news posts! Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights As Dr. Brothwell contemplated applying for and accepting the position, he sought the sage ...

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Women in Dentistry with Dr. LouAnn Visconti: Life-Long Commitment to Dentistry

My first encounter with Dr. LouAnn Visconti, after ascending to the presidency of the Ontario Dental Association, was as much energetic and compelling as I imagined it to be. Dr. Visconti’s venture to open an orthodontic practice in Timmins, Ontario, where there were almost none, is testimony to her dedication to the dental profession and her willingness to offer a much-needed service in an area which was lacking it. And, her long-lasting contribution and volunteering in organized dentistry is another example of her commitment to make the dental profession the best it can be.  I hope you find the interview ...

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Women in Dentistry with Dr. Erin Hennessy: the Art of Dentistry

I had the great pleasure of meeting virtually and for the first time Dr. Erin Hennessy, President of the Nova Scotia Dental Association. Her journey started with the arts, traveled through education and landed in dentistry. She graduated in 2004 as a valedictorian from Dalhousie University and was awarded the CDA President’s award “presented to the graduate who has shown the most outstanding qualities of leadership and character, and who may be expected to become a leader in the dental profession, the dental community, and society at large”. I hope you find the conversation enjoyable and informative and that you will share ...

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Women in Dentistry with Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays: Leadership in Action

  This was a great conversation! I welcomed Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays to this Oasis Conversation about Women in Dentistry and learned quite a bit speaking with her. Dr. Summerhays brings both her clinical perspective and her long involvement in organized dentistry when addressing a variety of professional issues, such as income disparities between female and male dentists and women’s access to top leadership positions.  During her presidency of the American Dental Association, Dr. Summerhays encouraged the association and its members to positively think about the one constant in the world of associations: Change. And she approaches the topic of ...

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Women in Dentistry with Dr. Linda Blakey

My conversation with Dr. Linda Blakey, Dental Surgeon from Mount Pearl, NL and past president of the Newfoundland Dental Association, touched upon a number of topics. Most importantly, it highlighted her dedication to becoming a dentist from an early and never swaying from that dream. it also touched upon some of the leadership and work-life balance challenges that women dentists continue to face and what they might do to overcome those barriers.  I hope you enjoy the interview and share your thoughts and feedback with us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights Dr. Linda Blakey continues the conversation ...

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