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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 495-496  

Challenging times demand unique solutions

Department of Periodontology, DAV Dental College, Yamuna Nagar, Haryana, India

Date of Web Publication14-Nov-2020

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Nymphea Pandit
Department of Periodontology, DAV Dental College, Yamuna Nagar, Haryana
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DOI: 10.4103/jisp.jisp_665_20

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The more unpredictable the world is the more we rely on predictions.

Steve Rivkin

Typically this message from me would have been the last one for my tenure as the president. However, they do say that the truth is stranger than fiction and time has its own way of unfolding itself. In light of all the events that 2020 put forth, the ISP-EC unanimously declared 2020 as a Zero-Year with the Head Office bearers continuing for one more year.

In addition to a few ad-hoc activities, The Indian Society of Peridontology usually holds a myriad of events all through the year; most notably the audience targeted programmes like Parichay, for the 1st Year MDS students as an orientation for the 3 years of post graduate programme, Sameeksha, as a Rapid Revision for the 3rd year MDS, The Colloquim, as a year's topic of discussion in the four zones of our country, and the annual PG convention and conference. Along with these major events we celebrate the Oral Hygiene day, host a UG convention and many other events at local levels amounting to almost 100 + events, keeping us busy throughout the year. However, with the advent of COVID19 early on in 2020, the churning wheels of the functioning system stopped and a new system of lifestyle came into existence. Along with the rest of the world, our events came to a standstill as well.

Considering that we, human beings, are the most evolved of all species, the onus of maximum adjustment naturally falls on us. In this new environment, we had to make a shift into the alternative modes of performing our activities. Despite being declared as a zero year we have tried to make maximum use of the time for our students as well as the faculty.

This new system of learning only through digital platform might have a lot of limitations but, everything has a brighter side to it. The distances do not matter and we made an effort to use it to our advantage by communicating with speakers all over; at the national level as well as international collaborating with International Societies of Periodontology. This materialised into a series of 12 National-level webinars encompassing almost every aspect of periodontology with excellent levels of participation and a lot of appreciation. Through the consistent team efforts, we are proud to report that the British Society of Periodontology as well as the Australian Society of Periodontology have been kind enough to offer some of their best researchers and we have already completed 2 international webinars; one with the President of the British Society of Periodontology, Dr Donos Nokos, and one with Dr Allessandro Quarantina of Australian society of Periodontology. These webinars were well attended and appreciated by the attendees not only from India but from some foreign countries as well. There are still a few in the pipeline and we are consistently striving to involve more experts from a global pool of researchers.

Along with this, an orientation programme for our new postgraduate students “The Journey Ahead 2020” has recently concluded which was attended by close to 1500 delegates and highly appreciated. With the advantage of digital platform, the newly inducted post graduates of the specialities other than periodontology were greatly benefitted by this programme.

From the practitioners point of view it has been an on and off process, with practice being completely shut for some time and then opening for some time. Suggested adjustments included limited working hours, screening of patients by measuring the temperature and oxygen levels in the blood, at least a gap of one hour between the patients, use of personal protective equipment, and sanitization along with proper ventilation of clinics before and after treatment. Apart from this digital mode of payment as well as therapy only on appointment basis has been made mandatory by most of the private practitioners. Similar arrangements have been adopted by the dentists working in the institutional settings.

As is rightly said, this lifestyle has become the new norm for everyone including dentists and other health care providers.

”Tough times never last, but tough people do” Robert H Schuller.


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