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   1 December 2015 

IN THIS NEWS BULLETIN

The Disappearing Molar: A Practice Tip from Dr. Moores
New: Patient-Centred Care and the Business of Dentistry
Confidentiality Clauses in Settlement Agreements
New  Consultation: Dispensing of Non-Prescription Medication by Certified Dental Assistants
Consultation Reminder Boundaries in the Practitioner-Patient Relationship (Revised Draft)
BC Health Regulators New Public Awareness Campaign
Submit Your CE Credits Before 31 December 2015
​2016/17 Renewal for CDSBC Registrants
​Next Board Meeting – 19 February
​Upcoming Events & CE Opportunities
CDSBC Holiday Office Closure


The Disappearing Molar: A Practice Tip from Dr. Moores

"Being smart is good, but having old radiographs is better."

In this new series, CDSBC's staff dentists share their tips and observations to help you improve your everyday dental practice, hone your professional judgment, and deal with some of the unique challenges that practitioners face. Meet the dentists behind the tips.

Read Practice Tip #1

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New: Patient-Centred Care and the Business of Dentistry

The practice of dentistry is changing and so are the economic realities of the profession. This document addresses the inherent ethical challenges of the dual role of the dentist as a treating healthcare professional and as a business person. This document was published for consultation earlier this year and the final Board-approved version is now a standard for the profession.

Read the document


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Confidentiality Clauses in Settlement Agreements

Dentists and patients have asked the College whether a settlement can prevent a patient from making a complaint or allow a patient to withdraw a complaint that has already been made. The answer is no.  Settlement agreements cannot affect a patient’s right to make or pursue a complaint with the College. The new information sheet Confidentiality Clauses in Settlement Agreements helps clarify this issue.

Read the information sheet


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New Consultation: Dispensing of Non-Prescription Medication by CDAs

The Board approved a draft policy from the CDA Advisory Committee to allow dentists to delegate and supervise CDAs in the dispensing of non-prescription drugs. The draft document has been published for consultation until 30 January 2016.

When finalized, Dispensing of Non-Prescription Medication by Certified Dental Assistants will become a standard for the profession. More information about the draft document and instructions for submitting feedback are available at the link below.

Rearn more about the consultation


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Consultation Reminder: Boundaries in the Practitioner-Patient Relationship (Revised Draft)

The consultation period for the revised draft guideline, Boundaries in the Practitioner-Patient Relationship, closes 5 January 2016. We are pleased that CDSBC and the BC Dental Association both support this document as re-drafted following an earlier consultation. Read more information about the consultation and instructions for submitting feedback at the link below.

Submit your feedback


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BC Health Regulators New Public Awareness Campaign

BC Health Regulators launched a public awareness campaign this fall, “Saying you are one doesn’t make you one.” The video campaign features children pretending to be health care professionals. The campaign encourage British Columbians to obtain health services from licenced and regulated healthcare professionals.

Watch the videos


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Submit Your CE Credits Before 31 December 2015

If your three-year CE cycle ends 31 December 2015 and you have yet to submit your CE credits, the most efficient way to do so is by logging in to your online account.

If you do not meet your three-year CE requirements, you will not be able to renew your registration/certification in 2016. For more information and instructions on how to submit your CE credits online, visit www.cdsbc.org/ce-submission.  

Submit CE Credits


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2016/17 Renewal for CDSBC Registrants

The deadline to complete your 2016/17 annual renewal and pay your fees is 1 March 2016. Online renewal will open in January 2016 and a notice with more information will be sent to registrants in the mail prior to that date.

Before you renew, you must ensure the following are current:

  • Your quality assurance requirements (continuing education and continuous practice hours)
  • Your criminal record check (you will have received a notice if your deadline is approaching)
  • Your liability insurance (dentists only)

To log in to your account and renew online, you will need:

  • Your registration/certification number
  • Your password (can be reset with your registration/certification number and birthdate)
  • A current email address on file with CDSBC

NOTE: If you do not renew by 1 March, you are not permitted to practise until you have reinstated, and an additional reinstatement fee will apply.

Annual Renewal


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Next Board Meeting – 19 February

The next meeting of the CDSBC Board will be Friday, 19 February 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver. To attend as an observer, RSVP to Nancy Crosby at ncrosby@cdsbc.org by 12 February 2016.

Full schedule of board meetings


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Upcoming Events & CE Opportunities

CDSBC regularly leads presentations and holds workshops for registrants around the province. Visit our events page for an up-to-date listing of where we will be in the coming months.

CDSBC events


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CDSBC Holiday Office Closure

The College will be closed for the holidays from noon on 22 December 2015 and will reopen at 8:00 am on Monday, 4 January 2016.

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This Contact News Bulletin is distributed to registrants for the College of Dental Surgeons of BC. It is one of CDSBC's official methods of notification to its registrants. Registrants are responsible for reading College publications to ensure that they are aware of current standards, policies and guidelines.