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   31 August 2016  

IN THIS NEWS BULLETIN  

Notice of Consultation: Dental Practice Trade Names
Enhancing the Quality Assurance Program 
Information Sheet on Proper Use of the VELscope® in Dentistry
Practice Tip: Switching to electronic records
Your Obligation in Dental Emergencies
New Public Board Members Appointed
Board Meeting: 24 September 2016
Nominate a CDSBC Volunteer for an Award Deadline 30 September
​Upcoming Events and CE Opportunities
​Office Closed for Labour Day


Notice of Consultation: Dental Practice Trade Names

Any time a dentist or dental practice uses a name that is not their registered legal name, they are using a trade name. Trade names are a form of advertising and are addressed in Part 12.15 of Bylaw 12 – Advertising and Promotional Activities.

While the College is occasionally called upon to adjudicate copyright or trademark disputes, we are not the appropriate body to do so. The Board is therefore proposing to change the way the College addresses trade names. Under the proposal, the current practice of providing approval for trade names will be discontinued.

You are invited to submit your comments before Monday, 17 October 2016 to consultation@cdsbc.org (please put "trade names" in the subject line). More information about this consultation is available at the link below.

Trade names consultation


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Enhancing the Quality Assurance Program

Public and governmental expectations of health professions colleges are higher than ever, including the assumption that robust quality assurance (QA) programs are developed and maintained to ensure the public is well-served by competent health professionals.

These programs are put in place to promote life-long learning and continuous improvement necessary for registrants to stay current in a changing health care environment and provide the best possible level of care in their chosen area of practice.

The CDSBC Board is aware that the thinking around building competence within the profession has evolved in the many years since our initial QA program was established. As a result, it directed the QA Committee to establish a working group that has initiated work on a revised QA program.

The Board, while not prescribing any specific elements, has asked the group to research and develop a comprehensive plan that would:

  • promote career-long hands-on learning.
  • encourage collaborative discourse amongst colleagues.
  • improve treatment outcomes for patients.

This will be a challenging initiative and will require a high level of engagement with all registrants and stakeholders. It will also provide the College with the first opportunity to implement the new policy development process, which enhances ongoing communication and consultation with registrants through each stage of the process.

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Information Sheet on Proper Use of the VELscope® in Dentistry

The VELscope can act as an aid to identify potential oral mucosal diseases, including oral cancer; however, there are things dentists should consider before using the VELscope.

Every patient and practitioner should clearly understand that VELscope screening is not a standalone diagnostic tool. It assists in the identification and potential diagnosis of an oral mucosal disease, but does not provide a definitive diagnosis.

For more information about VELscope screening, please review the information sheet at the link below.

Information sheet


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Practice Tip: Switching to electronic records

Technology continues to advance and impact the profession of dentistry in exciting new ways. This includes digital solutions for recordkeeping. In this tip, Dr. Garry Sutton answers some common questions from dentists who are considering moving to electronic recordkeeping.

Practice tip


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Your Obligation in Dental Emergencies

The College reminds dentists that they are legally and professionally obligated to respond in the event of a dental emergency.

A dental emergency occurs when a patient needs immediate attention to deal with uncontrolled bleeding, uncontrolled swelling, traumatic injury or uncontrolled severe pain. Dentists have an obligation to consult with and provide emergency dental care to members of the public, or to provide alternative arrangements in their absence.

For more information and tips for running an on-call group, review the Dental Emergencies Resource Package published by the College and the BC Dental Association at the link below.

Dental emergencies


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New Public Board Members Appointed

The College Board includes six members of the public who are appointed by the provincial government. We wish to welcome the following public board members:

  • Neal Steinman (28 July 2016 - 31 Dec. 2018)
  • Terry Hawes (1 Oct. 2016 - 31 Dec. 2018)
  • Dorothy  Jennings (30 Nov. 2016 - 30 Nov. 2019)

A fourth public member will be appointed to the Board in the weeks to come. Photos and biographies of the new board members will be added to the website as they become available.

Meet the Board


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Board Meeting: 24 September 2016

The first meeting of the 2016/17 Board will be at 8:30 am on Saturday, 24 September at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 655 Burrard Street in Vancouver (34th Floor, "English Bay Room").

To ensure adequate meeting materials and seating, observers should RSVP to Nancy Crosby, Manager of the CEO's Office, at ncrosby@cdsbc.org no later than 9 September 2016.

Full schedule of Board meetings


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Nominate a CDSBC Volunteer for an Award  Deadline 30 September

Do you know a colleague who has gone above and beyond in their work with the College? If so, you can nominate them for a CDSBC award. Simply fill out the nomination form (PDF) and email it to awards@cdsbc.org by 30 September 2016.

All registrants are invited to attend the award ceremony on Thursday, 9 March 2017. More information, including a list of the award recipients, will be included in your renewal package.

 Learn more


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Upcoming Events and 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.

Events


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Office Closed for Labour Day

The CDSBC office will be closed Monday, 5 September for Labour Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, 6 September at 8 am.

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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.