The FGDP(UK) in Scotland
FGDP(UK) Scotland brings together professionals from all areas of dentistry. We represent all grass roots dentists and members of the dental team. We joined the Faculty because we are committed to raising standards and working together to improve the profession.
Our committee members understand what it’s like to run a practice and the importance of learning new skills. Through study days and MJDF tuition courses we share knowledge and make it easier for the whole practice team to gain access to meaningful CPD.
The FGDP (UK) has 21 local Divisions across the UK of which the West of Scotland Division is one.
I am proud to say that The West of Scotland Division is one of the most active and vibrant Faculty Divisions. We run an annual Study Day (usually on the first Friday in December), and we also run a Study Group that expertly guides dentists through the MJDF exam.
I was at the very first FGDP Scotland Study Day in 1993. The speaker that day was Dr. Jan Parmeijer, and he challenged us to reflect on the importance of a sound periodontium when carrying out advanced restorative treatment. His crown and bridgework was the most beautiful I had ever seen. Surrounded by equally-inspired general dental practitioners, it was clear that FGDP (UK) Scotland was up and running!
Over the years, the FGDP (UK) Scotland Study Day has grown enormously. The quality of the speakers has always been our top priority- Kevin Lewis, Chris Orr, Philip Ower, Stephane Simon and Didier Dietschi to name but a few. The Glasgow Science Centre has become a popular venue, with light and airy spaces for a vast trade show; the IMAX theatre and Science Show Theatre for the lectures; and the Science Centre Café for the legendary drinks reception. It really is an uplifting and inspirational experience!
The Study Group is run by a group of Tutors led by Paul Friel, a general dental practitioner in Hamilton. The Group meets periodically over a number of months, and, steadily, each member of the Group acquires the knowledge and skill to enter for the MJDF exam. The pass rates for Part 1 and Part 2 of the MJDF exam within the Group are exceptionally high.
I know from my own personal experience in 2009-10, that the Study Group is far more than a vehicle to help a dentist pass the MJDF exam. It provides an opportunity for dentists to meet and discuss Practice issues, and the Tutors provide mentoring and peer support as well as clinical and academic advice. I have made lifelong friends and become a better dentist through being a Study Group ‘student’, and I wish I had done it long before I was 45 years old!
The West of Scotland Divisional Board comprises a group of dedicated and professionally-engaged dentists, together with a Divisional Coordinator (Andrew Miller) who has a background in journalism, marketing and events management. Our remit is to uphold and propagate the ethos of the Faculty which is, quintessentially, to improve standards in general dental practice. We work as a team of equals, and I am always struck by the talent, integrity and commitment that surrounds me at our Board meetings.
The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) is an organisation run by general dental practitioners for general dental practitioners. In the intensely demanding environment in which we all operate, I believe that Membership of and involvement with the FGDP can promote and support happier, more confident and more competent dentists. And these qualities can only be good for patient care.