There are a number of professional associations that are worth joining for what you can learn.
Post by Dr Jeff Brown
I believe it’s important to continue to learn throughout your career, and one of the best ways to do this is joining professional associations. I’ve always been involved in professional associations. I’m a past and present affiliate member of the Australian Associations for Implant Dentistry, Endodontics, Prosthodontics and for periodontics. I’m also a graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. I was a co-founder of the Australian Society of Aesthetic Dentistry and was President of the organisation for three years—that’s primarily about cosmetic dentistry, which our patients here in North Sydney are interested in.
Some people make a distinction between aesthetic dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Without wanting to buy into that debate, we see the terms as both referring to a whole range of treatments, from whitening right through to dental crowns and bridges, veneers and bite reclamation. Certainly, even for the most straightforward whitening treatment, it’s better to start the process with us rather than using a take-home kit you buy in the supermarket. A dentist will always get you a better result, and more importantly, will be able to make sure the treatment won’t do any damage.
On top of that, I’ve got my own study club. We meet once a month to discuss interesting cases and learn from each others’ experiences, which could be anything from teeth whitening and sleep dentistry through to complex implants cases (which I particularly like). There are about 20 in total, and 10 or 15 come to each meeting. We’ll have topics we have to talk about, such as new materials and new techniques, and we get a guest lecturer at least once a year. We are linked to a similar group in the US, and we get their journal. Which is important because, with the size of their market, the US is still at the forefront of dentistry.