Although dentistry is no longer dominated by men – it’s around a 50/50 split, according to the GDC – there is still work to be done, to enable women to progress their control of their careers in a way of their choosing.
Since 1895, when the UK’s first woman dentist graduated from Edinburgh Dental Hospital, women in the profession have not only grown in number, but become pioneers and influencers, helping to raise standards of treatment delivery and promote a greater understanding about the value of oral health among patients. Yet with questions remaining over pay gaps, also reports of more men working in specialist areas and as practice principles, there are plenty of stories that need to be told, and narratives to change.
In March, to coincide with International Women’s Day, the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) is holding an event, ‘Female Leaders in Dentistry’, an educational meeting to celebrate the work of women in the industry. As well as tips to elevate outcomes, you can expect the kind of uncompromising discussion and debate that the BACD is famous for.
The BACD are proud of their commitment to inclusivity. They welcome dentists, technicians and students, and all members of the dental team, regardless of gender, age, experience and background. As long as you have a passion for exceptional, ethical cosmetic dentistry and a commitment to life-long learning and quality education, you can be a part of their exciting, dynamic and fast-growing membership.
‘Female Leaders in Dentistry’ will be, first and foremost, an acknowledgment of the exceptional contributions of some truly inspiring women. The programme includes brilliant speakers, including clinical lectures from Jurgita Sybaite, Sheila Li, Fran Brelsford and Manrina Rhode, also Penny Mallory talking about ‘Mental Toughness’ and Elaine Halley on ‘My Personal Experiences’. As with every BACD event, there will be an opportunity to socialise and network, as well as to learn, at a stunning five-star venue, the Corinthia London.
With many challenges ahead for dentistry, we need a workforce that is motivated in driving up standards, and to keep questioning the status quo so we can help more patients comprehensively. This means creating an environment where everyone has a voice, and the freedom to create their own pathway.
Join the BACD on March 8 at ‘Female leaders in dentistry’. To book online and for further enquiries about the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry visit www.bacd.com