Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology

: 2022  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 4-

Reforms and role models

Harpreet Singh Grover 
 Secretary, Indian Society of Periodontology, Chief Consultant, Dr. Grover's Dental Clinic, J-9/48 (Second Floor), Rajouri Garden, New Delhi - 110 027, India

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Harpreet Singh Grover
Secretary, Indian Society of Periodontology, Chief Consultant, Dr. Grover's Dental Clinic, J-9/48 (Second Floor), Rajouri Garden, New Delhi - 110 027

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Grover HS. Reforms and role models.J Indian Soc Periodontol 2022;26:4-4

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For the past number of years there is a growing debate about a certain disenchantment amongst the fresh dental graduates towards some postgraduate specialities and what are the possible remedies and tools available to battle this 'existential crisis' and win the student's vote back towards those specialities.

Although many nouveau reforms have been suggested such as curriculum upgrades, injecting new materials/techniques/methodologies into practical training, suggesting new books, chapters, exam - styles and what have you yet nothing seems to have worked to everyone's satisfaction. The foot soldiers of these reforms are still soldiering on and on working mostly on the same parameters albeit with little bits of tinkering here and there. The results and outcomes predictably are also the same and short lived.

This brings into discussion an important aspect of our training that do these specialities have enough role models in dental schools who may influence the speciality choice of a student?

Role models are the people whose attributes we can associate or identify with, whose special characteristics or quality traits we would like to imbibe and who are at professional summits we would like to scale. Many longitudinal studies and surveys have shown that good role models strongly influence the behaviour, values, attitudes and career choices of their young proteges. On the similar lines poor attitudes, compromised ethics and unprofessional behaviour by any of the perceived role model would draw away a young mind from that specialist and speciality.

Therefore on a personal level it is my perspective and literature supports, that as much as we need reforms in curriculum, reformed role models will perhaps stand future specialists in more good stead as the dental health services for the patient community develops. This will require the doctors worrying at the dwindling footfalls of new residents in their speciality to first re-examine their own commitment, values, attitudes and behaviour.

Let us not blame everything on the system, regulators and circumstances. Let us introspect first.

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