Learning by Doing- BACDPromotional Features
Posted by: Dental Design 6th November 2017
Taking poll position on the today’s frantic information superhighway is the Millennial Generation. Despite their youth, the Millennials are the “old hands” of the tech revolution, the so-called “learning generation considers knowledge something to be shared for empowerment, not to be zealously guarded as a symbol of power.
This desire for personal growth encompasses their concerns for career development: nearly 60 per cent said they would pick a job with strong potential for professional development over one with regular pay rises. Additionally, 53 per cent of this supposedly job-hopping generation said they would remain in a company for a long time if given access to learning opportunities or career development opportunities.
With their unbridled love of learning in their lives and careers, the Millennials may be onto something in the pursuit of a life well-lived. The US psychoanalyst Carl R. Rogers, in On Becoming a Person: A Therapist’s View of Psychotherapy, theorised that the real “good life” did not come through a fixed state or a sense of material fulfilment, but from a continual openness to experience and the embracing of challenges, thereby achieving self-actualisation.
As dental professionals, we are necessitated to keep up to date with the rapid changes in our profession, from technological advances to the effective use of social media in our practice marketing and promotion campaigns. How we plan our educational choices can make the difference in our professional development and success. A senior dentist listed the six most important rules he learned during his career, ranging from being open and flexible in decision-making to appreciating the contribution of staff. Ranking first was, “there is no substitute for education and experience”.
The newly introduced CPD requirements from the GDC emphasise lifelong learning with the focus on the quality of the selected CPD over the quantity of courses taken or instruction received. The willingness to learn is vital for all dental professionals, but especially those in the rapidly changing field of cosmetic dentistry. Leading the way is the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD), which was founded in November 2003 with the mission to provide a forum for dentists to share their knowledge and experience.
Its commitment to promoting quality cosmetic dentistry is also demonstrated through accreditation, a stringent process for which UK dentists must prove that they have the ability to perform cosmetic dentistry of the highest standard. Successful candidates receive an Accreditation Plaque confirming that they are an accredited member of BACD.
There is no substitute for the value of learning in our personal and professional lives. Our lives are our classrooms, and the knowledge acquired in the lessons of life will enrich us to make the grade.
For further enquiries about the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry visit www.bacd.com.
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