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CDE focuses on new techniques in dentistry
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 9
The district unit of the Indian Dental Association (IDA) today kicked off its series of CDE programmes with its first CDE which was inaugurated by Dr Joy.L. Joshi, principal of Christian Dental College (CDC).

More than 80 dental professionals from all over the state attended the interactive session.

The keynote speaker, Dr S.P. Aggarwal, touched various topics, including clinical approaches in orthodontics and aesthetics in dentistry. He apprised the delegates with various techniques in orthodontics and also encouraged the participants to take orthodontic patients.

He discussed at length some techniques on the subject and related topics while focusing on various cases on the models brought by the participants during the meet.

Dr Joshi laid stress on holding such CDE programmes on a regular basis to hone up the skills of the dentists. Lauding the initiative of the IDA for conducting such informative programmes, he said that times had changed and so had the face of dentistry in India.

He urged the participating faculty members of various dental colleges to lay emphasis on quality teaching in their respective colleges so as to produce state-of-the-art dentists in the country while asking the participants to share their knowledge with their fellow professionals.

The IDA secretary, Dr Vikas Jindal, while extending a welcome to the distinguished guests and delegates, said the CDE was a step towards an endeavour to give a new look to the local branch of the IDA.

"CDE programmes are the backbone of good medical services in any community at any place. After having passed out of colleges, there seems to be a void in increasing our quest for newer techniques and expertise in this ever-exploding sea of knowledge in dentistry. Only well-chalked out CDE programmes can fill that gap to a larger extent," Dr Jindal added.

According to Dr Jindal, a new accreditation policy was likely to come up next year for the practising dentists which was being collectively planned by the Dental Council of India and IDA.

The new policy aimed at improving the clinical skills of the dentists.

The IDA president, Dr Rajesh Bhanot, said dentistry today was not need-based but want-based and most models had their smiles designed by dentists.

He maintained that the dental treatment being offered in our country could match the international standards both in terms of competence and technique.

He further said that with the efforts put in by the DCI president Dr Anil Kohli, a uniform syllabi of BDS curriculum all over the country would be made in the near future. He also said a minimum level of clinical competence would be assured.

Dr Jindal informed that the IDA was coming up with more clinically-oriented programmes for students, fresh graduates and practising dental surgeons in the region.

Another CDE on dental aesthetics would be organised by the IDA on April 22 with Dr Poros Turner from Mumbai as the keynote speaker.

Prominent among others present at the occasion were Dr Rajiv Bali, Dr Gajinder Singh, Dr K.S. Ghai and Dr Neeru Singh.

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Problems of children, adolescents discussed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 9
The annual conference of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) and Adolescent Chapter, Punjab, organised in association with the department of paediatrics of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), concluded here last evening with extensive discussions on the problems of children and adolescents.

According to Dr Harmesh Singh Bains, professor and head of the paediatrics department at the DMCH, who was also the organising secretary of the conference, the meet was inaugurated by secretary of the DMCH managing society Prem Gupta. Dr Daljit Singh, principal of the DMCH, welcomed the delegates.

In his keynote address, Dr P.D. Nayar from Hindu Rao Hospital, New Delhi, spoke on “Public health impact of adolescent issues - paediatricians’ role.” He pointed that about 20 per cent of the adolescents had problems of varied nature, which called for proper and timely attention from the paediatricians.

In the scientific sessions, the delegates exchanged views on different aspects of adolescent health and care. A lecture on “Practical approach to child with thrombocytopenia (reduced platelet count) and its management” by Dr V.P. Chaudhary from New Delhi was well received.

Dr Varinder Singh from Lady Harding Medical College, New Delhi, spoke on the “Scientific basis for paediatric DOTS and RNTCP.” He comprehensively explained the future trends of tuberculosis, particularly among the children and the adolescents and answered the questions raised by delegates.

Dr Daljit Singh, DMCH principal and professor of paediatrics at the DMCH, delivered a lecture on adopting a healthy and proper approach by the parents while dealing with problems of delay in development in their children. He stressed on the early diagnosis and proper management for optimal wellbeing of the child.

The workshop concluded with a panel discussion, which was chaired by Dr Jugesh Chhatwal, professor and head of paediatrics at the CMCH. During the discussion, the required parenting skills for proper care and positive growth of adolescents were strongly emphasised.

A scientific exhibition, put up at the occasion, was inaugurated by president of the Punjab unit of the IAP Dr B.K. Jain. The exhibition depicted various new modalities, newer vaccines and equipment for neonatal and child health care.

Various noted paediatricians from the state, including Dr N. Raizada, Dr A.S. Chawla, Dr Praveen C. Sobti, Dr R.S. Sibia, Dr Surinder Likhi, Dr B.K. Ahuja and Dr H.S. Narang, chaired the scientific sessions and shared their expertise with the participants.

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New IMA team lists its priorities
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 9
The newly elected office-bearers of the Ludhiana branch of Indian Medical Association (IMA) - Dr Arun Mitra, president, Dr Subhash Batta, senior vice-president, Dr Rajiv Gupta, secretary, Dr D.P. Singh Arora, joint secretary and Dr Karamveer Goyal, finance secretary, have expressed their gratitude to members of the medical fraternity here, for entrusting upon them the responsibility to run the affairs of the IMA for the next session.

They lauded the role of the media for projecting the election process, in a positive manner.

They complimented the efforts of the Election Commission comprising Dr Iqbal Singh Ahuja, Dr B.S Gulati and Dr Jagmohan Chopra, who had successfully carried out the elections process despite facing several difficulties.

The IMA functionaries said that as a priority, they would streamline the membership process of the body asking all those who had paid their membership fee but had not been enrolled, to contact the office-bearers to resolve the membership issue.

They further appealed to all eligible doctors to get themselves enrolled as members of the organisation. The IMA house, they added, would be made functional as a first priority.

Dr Mitra said the process of looking into several issues related to different sections, doctors in the mega city had been set in motion.

“The IMA will do its best to strengthen the doctor-patient relationship. Besides, spreading awareness about health among the people through educative programmes would also be a regular task of the body,” he said.

Meanwhile, several prominent members of the medical fraternity congratulated the new IMA team, Punjab, which included, Dr Amrik Singh Arora, president, Dr Hardeep Singh Deep, secretary, Dr Santokh Singh, former president, Dr Kuldeep Singh, former state president of IMA, Dr Amrit Sethi, Dr Hardeep Singh, president, PCMS Association Punjab, Dr G.S. Gill, Dr L.S. Chawla, former vice-chancellor, Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences. 

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