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Next Gen

What you Missed in 2023:

The Next Gen Programme at the ADI Team Congress 2023 provided the first opportunity to connect with dentists entering the world of dental implants and it was very well-received by all. A combination of final year students, FDs and newly qualified dentists came together to hear from peers as they covered a broad range of topics including clinical, business and practical career progression subjects. Several of the speakers talked about their own journeys into the field and discussed their careers to date for context and guidance.

Starting from the beginning, highly experienced clinicians Bill Schaeffer, Anthony Bendkowski, Fiona MacKillop and Caoimhe Doherty each discussed why they became implant dentists. They showed some of the different motivations and pathways available to individuals who wish to develop in the field, as well as just how much clinicians can achieve in the longer-term.

Keeping the spotlight on career progression, Nikhil Patel and Sunkanmi (“Deji”) Olaore explored “Mentees to mentors”. They emphasised the importance of “finding your ‘why’”, so delegates would understand exactly what it is they enjoy and what is motivating and inspiring them to move into implantology. From here, goals can be set and a plan put in place to achieve them. The speakers went on to talk about choosing the right training course and the importance of a good mentor to help delegates take those first few steps with confidence. They also considered what it meant from a practical perspective to start providing implants as an associate and as a peripatetic dentist, agreeing that building the right team around you is essential. About the Next Gen Programme, Nikhil commented:

“The Next Gen Committee is a great thing for the ADI. We want to inspire you and help you start in implantology.”

With regards to clinical topics, delegates were introduced to the links between periodontology and implantology, as well as perio-prosthodontic pathways and bone grafting. The speakers offered useful insights into key areas that clinicians need to be aware of when placing implants, backed up by scientific evidence and combined with practical advice. There was also a lecture on digital dentistry and how technology can be used to streamline the implant workflow for an improved professional and patient experience.

The programme also covered other aspects that will be important to dentists new to implantology. For example, one session looked at what it means to become a principal dentist with an interest in dental implants and how this can enable individuals to achieve their dreams of business ownership and implant provision.

Delegates attending the session were clearly engaged throughout, able to ask questions and connect with the speakers and their peers. They also received lunch sponsored by Anthogyr, who offered an additional session with Kunal Shah who had a different take on career development in the field.