Page 4 - MDA Bulletin Winter 2017
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President’s Message
The MDA has had a busy year at both local and national levels. As per
our Code of Ethics, we have been granted the right to self-regulation for
the purpose of protecting the public and promoting the public interest.
To this end, the MDA continues to ensure the provision of safe and ethical oral health care for Manitobans, and to keep our members current on issues of importance across Manitoba and beyond. I am looking forward to continuing my participation in the governance of dentistry in Manitoba as I pass along the president’s gavel and assume a new position of “Past-President” at the board table.
 e MDA has had a busy year at both local and national levels. As per our Code of Ethics, we have been granted the right to self-regulation for the purpose of protecting the public and promoting the public interest. To this end, the MDA continues to ensure the provision of safe and ethical oral health care for Manitobans, and to keep our members current on issues of importance across Manitoba and beyond. I am looking forward to continuing my participation in the governance of dentistry in Manitoba as I pass along the president’s gavel and assume a new position of “Past- President” at the board table.
2017 started o  with a bang at the 133rd Annual
Convention, “Dentistry & All that Jazz”, held at the RBC Convention Centre. Apart from a variety of social settings encouraging mingling amongst friends and colleagues, Manitoba dentists and associated team members were treated to an incredible variety of continuing education opportunities. Dr. Pat Kmet and her talented team of committee volunteers were applauded yet again for the success of this event. I look forward to welcoming back our community on January 26 & 27, 2018, where this time it’s
“All About the Team”. Continuing Competency opportunities abound in another outstanding CE lineup: don’t forget your CE card! September 1, 2017, saw the introduction of the new MDA continuing education “scan card”.  e new CE card has streamlined the process of accounting for course attendance and CE hours.  is rollout has not been without a few “glitches” along the way, but we continue to move ahead with this technology.  anks go out to both Linda Berg (Director of Continuing Competency) and Dr. Mark Nepon as they continue to work to smooth things out!
During the spring, I represented the Manitoba Dental Association at a number of events.  e Paci c Dental Conference provided opportunity for a gathering of University of Manitoba alumni at the annual College of Dentistry’s Alumni Reception. A rather large contingent of dentists and allied sta  came out to celebrate dentistry “prairie style”, right in the heart of Vancouver. A er immersing myself amongst alumni, I next found myself back at the University itself in April where students of the College of Dentistry held an annual “Sharing Smiles” day, an initiative of Oral Health Total Health. OHTH is a Federal Non-Pro t Organization led by students and faculty from numerous dental schools across Canada, and strives to bring attention to the issue of barriers faced by persons with disabilities when considering access to dental care. Who says dentistry isn’t
fun and games? Many “Smiles” were, indeed, “Shared” as the
students entertained family and friends.  is was a fantastic, well-organized event held at the University of Manitoba’s Brodie Center, which was over-run with participants visiting, laughing, and playing games including  oor hockey!  e jam-packed morning of activities was capped o  with a few brief speeches followed by a pizza lunch, before everyone  nally wandered back home. Continuing along in the spirit of community outreach, the annual “Tooth Fairy Saturday” event was held in conjunction with the International Children’s Festival. Once again, our membership stepped up to the plate, as volunteers welcomed children and their families in to visit with the Tooth Fairy and see what “going to the dentist” was all about.
Also during the spring, we were entertained by the All Dentist Musical entitled “Lucky Sti  ”. One of the bene ciaries of the proceeds of this event was  e Never Alone Foundation.  e Never Alone Foundation partners with the MDA in their e orts to increase awareness of oral cancer amongst Manitobans. As such, the MDA once again participated in an Oral Cancer Screening Day towards the end of April, where volunteers from our dental community stepped up to provide free oral examinations to the public.
As a result of this worthwhile event, several people were ultimately referred for biopsy and subsequent management of an oral lesion of consequence.
 e MDA continues to strengthen relationships between our members and the College of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba. With the end of spring, the newly-minted classes of dentists and dental hygienists were set to graduate from the University of Manitoba.  e MDA hosted these 2017 graduates at an annual celebratory breakfast, where many family and friends joined us in applauding their achievements. In August, the MDA held a “Welcome to the Profession” dinner for new students entering the  rst year of their dental school program.  is event is their o cial introduction to the MDA’s Mentorship Program, in which they remain immersed throughout their dental education.  e Mentorship Program grows ever-stronger and remains an example for our colleagues across Canada. We
continued to celebrate leaders in our community with fall’s annual Alumni of Distinction Awards dinner, hosted by the University of Manitoba’s Dental Alumni Association.  is year’s deserving recipient was Dr. Jean Bodnar. She was recognized for her many contributions to the dental community in general, and to organized dentistry in particular. Congratulations, Dr. Bodnar!
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