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   27 May 2016 

IN THIS NEWS BULLETIN

Board Election Results
Lowest Number of Complaint Files Since 2009
Discipline Notice: Dr. Rokshana Chherawala 
Visual Explanation of the Complaints & Discipline Process
New Practice Tips from Staff Dentists
Join Us at the AGM
Board Meeting: 11 June 2016


Board Election Results

An election was held on 26 May 2016 for six positions on the 2016/17 Board. The following dentists were elected to the Board:

President – Dr. Don Anderson (one-year term)
Vice-President
– Dr. Susan K. Chow (one-year term)
Treasurer
– Dr. Patricia Hunter (one-year term)

Dentist, District 1 (Fraser Valley) – Dr. S. Masoud Saidi (two-year term)
Dentist, District 4 (Vancouver)
– Dr. Michael Flunkert (two-year term)
Dentist, Certified Specialist
 – Dr. Douglas W. Conn (two-year term)

These terms take effect 1 July 2016. Election results are listed at the link below.

Board election


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Lowest Number of Complaint Files Since 2009

Working through the backlog of complaints has been a priority for several years, and significant resources have been devoted to this initiative. This effort has paid off: the backlog has been eliminated and we have shaved more than four months off the average age of complaints files. We are proud to announce that we have reached a record for files closed in one year and have the lowest number of open complaint files since 2009.

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Discipline Notice: Dr. Rokshana Chherawala

Dr. Rokshana Chherawala has admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct involving several patients. Her admissions include: billing for management of oral disease when no disease was diagnosed; billing for treatment other than what was provided; billing for unnecessary treatment that had no clinical benefit; providing substandard treatment; improper delegation to a dental hygienist by regularly permitting the hygienist to make a diagnosis through the use of the Velscope; and failing to maintain adequate dental records. The investigation of the complaint resulted in a citation (notice of hearing) but the hearing was avoided when the Inquiry Committee accepted the consent agreement submitted by Dr. Chherawala to address the College’s concerns.

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Visual Explanation of the Complaints & Discipline Process

It is important that registrants and the public understand how the College investigates complaints. We have updated this section of the website with an interactive infographic (the content appears as the user scrolls down the page) that takes you through each step of the complaints and discipline process.


Complaints and discipline process


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New Practice Tips from Staff Dentists

Practice Tip #7: CDA certification and misdelegation of duties (Dr. Sigrid Coil)

There have been a few cases in which non-certified dental assistants have been employed as certified dental assistants. This places the dentist at risk of misdelegation of duties. In this practice tip, Dr. Coil talks about a practice that hired a non-certified dental assistant, and how dentists can ensure that their CDAs have the proper qualifications to perform the duties of a CDA and are certified with the College.

Practice tip #7


Practice Tip #8: Transfer of Records (Dr. Meredith Moores)

The refusal of a dental office to provide patient records is a common theme in complaints made to the College. In this practice tip, Dr. Moores discusses the appropriate protocol for transferring patient files between practices.

Practice tip #8

        
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Join Us at the AGM

CDSBC's 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held as follows:

Date: Friday, 10 June
Time:
8:30 to 9:30 am
Location:
Joseph and Rosalie Segal Centre, Room 1420, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

In person

If you plan to attend the AGM in person, please register to ncrosby@cdsbc.org by 1 June 2016 so we can ensure adequate seating and materials.

Webcast

To join the webcast, please email events@cdsbc.org by Wednesday, 8 June with your name and let us know whether you are a registrant (dentist, dental therapist or certified dental assistant) or other (e.g. member of the public).  We will send you the link to the webcast, meeting materials, and the annual report. 

2016 AGM


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Board Meeting: 11 June 2016

The board meeting will take place the day after the AGM:

Date: Saturday, 11 June 2016
Time:
9:00 am
Location:
Terminal City Club, "President Room," 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver.

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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.