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The McGill Qualitative Health Research Group: Advocating for the Qualitative Approach

I had the great pleasure of meeting Dr. Mary Ellen Macdonald, Associate Professor in the Division of Oral Health and Society Research in the Faculty of dentistry at McGill University and the founder of the McGill Qualitative Health Research Group (MQHRG).  The qualitative approach to biomedical and oral health research has for a long time been stigmatized as a soft or less rigorous research approach. However, today, researchers are realizing the inability of many quantitative methods to answer complex research questions, in particular if used as stand-alone methods.  Dr. Mary Ellen Macdonald founded the McGill Qualitative Health Research Group as a safe space ...

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Microbiome Associated with Severe Caries in Canadian First Nations Children

It was a great pleasure for me to host Dr. Bob Schroth, Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral Biology in the Faculty of Dentistry; and the Department of Pediatrics & Child Health in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He joined me from Winnipeg to speak about an article he recently published on the higher degree of severe early childhood caries that young indigenous children suffer from.  The title of the article is: Microbiome Associated with Severe Caries in Canadian First Nations Children, published in the Journal of Dental Research (2017). I hope you enjoy the interview. Please share your ...

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Tips for a good start to your dental career (#2)

The initial responses I have received to recent Oasis posts asking about the smartest and dumbest decisions colleagues made during their first five years after graduation from dental school, and passing on some of those tips, have been very encouraging and interesting. I wish to share more of these tips over the next few weeks, on an anonymous basis, and I also wish to talk privately in more detail with the colleagues who have indicated to me that they are happy to share more granular information with me – on a confidential basis. The overall goal of this project is ...

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Women in Dentistry: Practicing Dentistry Across Borders and Cultures with Dr. Emel Arat

The Women in Dentistry Series concludes with Dr. Emel Arat, Orthodontist in Toronto. Dr. Arat, is a native of Turkey who studied and practised dentistry in Turkey before moving to Canada. She speaks about her journey to becoming the President-elect of the Ontario Association of Orthodontists.  I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Please share your feedback, suggestions and questions through oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights Dr. Emel Arat  is originally from Turkey and chose orthodontics as a career when she was as young as 16 years of age. She is the first dentist ...

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Tips for a good start to your dental career (#1)

Below is the first response I received to my recent Oasis post asking about the smartest and dumbest decisions readers made during their first five years after graduation from dental school. I hold the colleague whose message appears below in very high esteem, as a result of positive collaborations over a number of years. Here goes: Hi John, This is a subject about which I have strong feelings. In no way shape or form were we prepared for the emotional and business side of dentistry which can make or break people. I’m sure you also witnessed colleagues going down bad ...

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Practice-Based Clinical Research in Canadian Dental Practices: Dr. Hubert Gaucher

It was a pleasure to welcome Dr. Hubert Gaucher on CDA Oasis to speak about his lifelong experience doing practice-based research. Dr. Gaucher is a seasoned Prosthodontist from Quebec City with 4 decades of private practice experience. He is a former professor and administrator at the faculty of medicine and dentistry at Laval University. He is also the founder and administrator of the Canadian Dental Research Institute.  I hope you find a few pearls of wisdom in this conversation and share your thoughts, suggestions and questions at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Until next time! Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Certificate of Continuance (PDF)   ...

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La recherche axée sur la pratique dans les cabinets dentaires canadiens: Dr Hubert Gaucher

  Nous avons eu le plaisir de nous entretenir avec le Dr Hubert Gaucher sur le thème de la recherche axée sur la pratique. Le Dr Gaucher est un prosthodontiste chevronné de Québec qui compte plus de quarante ans d’expérience en cabinet privé. C’est un ancien professeur et administrateur à la faculté de médecine dentaire de l’Université Laval. Il est également fondateur et administrateur de l’Institut canadien de recherche dentaire. Nous espérons que cet échange sera source d’inspiration et qu’il attisera votre curiosité. N’hésitez pas à nous envoyer vos questions ou commentaires à oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca À très bientôt sur CDA Oasis! Élodie ...

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Practice-Based Clinical Research in Canadian Dental Practices: Dr. Ken Luco

It was my pleasure and privilege to interview a dentist inventor, Dr. Ken Luco from Kingston ON. He is the designer of the Luco Hybrid OSA Appliance, which was approved by the FDA as well as Health Canada and the European Union. The appliance is used for the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, primary snoring, as well as sleep-related bruxism and associated tension/migraine headaches. Dr. Luco shares his experience getting the various approvals and certifications for his device as well as doing research to prove the validity of his appliance. He encourages all dentists to try practice-based research for ...

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