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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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Women in Dentistry with Dr. Janet Leith

It’s always a pleasure to host Dr. Janet Leith on Oasis Discussions. This time, Dr. Leith shared with me her personal journey in becoming an accomplished dentist and getting involved in organized dentistry. It takes a lot of determination and sacrifice to build a successful career, but it also requires a willingness to take on small steps for women dentists to reach their professional goals.  I hope you enjoy my conversation with her and share your feedback with us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager  Highlights Dr. Leith decided to pursue dentistry because she was genuinely interested in hands-on ...

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Women in Dentistry with Dr. Effie Habsha: The Sky is the Limit!

I had the pleasure to welcome Df. Effie Habsha, Prosthodontist from Toronto. Dr. Habsha’s successful career represents women dentists’ access to dental specialties and their willingness to participate and contribute equally alongside their male counterparts in the dental profession. Through her initiative “Women in Dentistry, Work-Life Balance“, she strives to help her female colleagues navigate through some of the unique challenges that face women in dentistry. I hope you enjoy this conversation and share your thoughts and feedback with us through oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca   Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager  Highlights Dr. Habsha is an accomplished prosthodontist with several accolades. Having loved studying ...

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