The BACD bids farewell to another President

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  Posted by: Dental Design      1st December 2018

As we draw closer to the end of 2018, Dr Donald Sloss is preparing to step down as this year’s President of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD). Dr Sloss is one of the most respected members of the dental profession, was one of the first dentists in the country to be made a Fellow in General Dental Practice of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and has also passed the prestigious BACD Accreditation Programme. 

“I’m very privileged to have been elected as BACD President for the last year and it’s been an honour to serve the Academy in this way,” says Dr Sloss. “I’ve been lucky to be able to work with a great Board of Directors, who have been very supportive throughout my time as President. Their hard work has enabled the Academy to continue investing in higher quality education that delivers a great return on investment for our members.

“As a result of Board involvement, we have been able to offer even more Recommended Meetings, which have garnered great feedback from delegates. The BACD has also been able to provide other educational opportunities such as the incredibly popular Young Dentists Day and Ladies Who Do Dentistry event. We are now looking forward to holding another great Annual Conference in November, with many leaders in the profession – from both the UK and abroad – eager to share their knowledge. The Academy is particularly excited to be welcoming Dr John Kois to the stage. He is a master in occlusion, which is a key element of both advanced dentistry and everyday practice, so it’ll be exciting to hear what he has to say.”

Reflecting on his year as BACD President, Dr Sloss says: “I was proud to represent the BACD at the Annual General Meeting of the International Federation of Esthetic Dentistry (IFED) in Chicago this year. It was great to be able to share the stage with various other cosmetic dental academies from around the world. Many BACD members are now going on to lecture internationally and have become recognised as leaders in cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry, which is a true testament to how much the Academy has supported its members as they’ve grown within their careers.

“Throughout my time as a member of the BACD, I have been motivated by many people who have invested their time into helping me progress as a professional, and I have benefitted immensely from their guidance. Therefore, when I was elected President, I was more than happy to give up my free time to help the next generation of dentists, as a way of paying forward the goodwill that has been gifted to me in the past. I hope that by doing this, I’m helping to foster a culture whereby future generations of dentists give back what they have gained from being a BACD member.

“This is something that I am truly passionate about because I believe the social aspect and extreme inclusivity of the Academy cannot be beaten. Everyone within the BACD strives to help one another and it’s wonderful that you can approach anybody. As President, I’ve been delighted to be able to engage with people from all walks of life, from some of the youngest dental students in the profession, to established leaders from other organisations. The BACD enables you to network with various different people from diverse backgrounds, which I think is brilliant.

“My year as BACD President has been one of the most influential and enjoyable roles I have undertaken, and one with many rewards. Since I joined the BACD many years ago, I have been able to develop a fantastic career in dentistry and I now have a practice that has become recognised as one of the best in the country. I have only been able to do this through the networking and continuing educational programmes the BACD provides. Because I have gained so much from being a member of the Academy, I’m keen to remain active and will continue contributing to the BACD in as many ways as I can. I highly recommend dentists at any stage of their career to join the Academy and explore the ways that they can progress through its membership and Accreditation Programme.

“With regard to the future, I’m very much looking forward to the Sixteenth Annual Conference in 2019, which is guaranteed to be an excellent educational and social event held at Celtic Manor. Beyond this, however, it’ll be great to enjoy some well-earned downtime and get back into the hobbies I gave up in order to fully embrace my role as BACD President. In fact, I’m eager to reduce my golf handicap and to see more of my wife, who I hope will be happy to see more of me as well!”


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