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Professionalism in Dentistry: ‘Let’s be Positive’

Tuesday, 22nd June 2021 - 16:00 to 18:00


Prof Jon Cowpe and Prof Alison Bullock draw on the recent work with the General Dental Council (GDC) UK on Professionalism: A mixed-methods research study – August 2020. Using a workshop format the session provided background and key messages from the 2020 report. A series of four themes, relevant to the issues of professionalism, were discussed.

Participants had the opportunity to share their views about these themes, through a series of group discussions followed by a plenary session where the key messages were identified. Registrants were allocated into 4 discussion groups.

The issues that this workshop, on professionalism in dentistry aimed to address included:

  • the emerging issues and challenges for professionalism;
  • how professionalism is taught at undergraduate level and through continuing professional development;
  • do the expectations of professionalism differ between different dental professionals and between different professions;
  • and what support mechanisms and mentorship roles are in place to help professionals learn from lapses in professionalism and move on.

Each group of participants rotated through each of the four discussion sessions, sharing views and opinions and came back together at a final plenary session to hear the key messages. The runtime was 2 hours.


Questions addressed in the workshop:

Theme 1:
Do the expectations of professionalism differ?

for different members of the dental team? for dentistry compared to other professions?
Theme 2:
What do you think are the emerging issues and challenges?
context? social media...public expectations, financial etc.?
Theme 3:
How do you teach undergraduates about professionalism? How do the students evidence their learning about professionalism?
Theme 4:
How can we support/mentor professionals to learn from lapses and move on?
Related documents: 
Cardiff University Dental School, U.K. Athens University School of Dentistry, Greece Helsinki University Institute of Dentistry, Finland ACTA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Rīga Stradiņš University Dental School, Latvia ADEE - Association for Dental Education in Europe