Having been a member since 1993, I feel immersed in the company of like minded Expert clinicians and mentors who have dedicated their lives for the betterment of our patients through active continuing education and not to mention lifelong learning. Learning keeps us sharp, energetic and be able to tackle anything in life.
AGD is and have been an inspiration to me by providing me with quality continuing education for the past few decades and have been THE place for me to go and get CE at a reasonable cost without compromising quality. Quality CE is what AGD stands for and strives to achieve everyday.
Many of my friends whom I have had the pleasure of working with have mentioned to me outright that I was wasting my time taking CE and that amounts to lost production and lost money.
As Dentist’s we are supposed to be very smart people who are very well trained to use our hands, eyes and mind in a synchronized fashion and make well thought out decisions. Just imagine jumping into dentistry with no training, coordination or education. CE is an extension of our baseline study which we had trained for in our Dental schools. We all know of someone who had graduated decades ago from Dental school and had been practicing ever since. If this doctor had not kept up with the times by continued learning through CE and kept doing what he/she had been doing all these years, would you trust your mouth with this Dentist? I thought so. Now Imagine a patient of yours who walks into your office and demands the latest technological procedure performed in an office opposite to yours, which the patient desires to have done or a new innovative product which his/her friend received from his/her Dentist across town. IF we cannot provide it there is always someone who will. We will lose our livelihood to our competition. This is where CE comes in. Keep abreast of current knowledge.
Also the mistakes and antique techniques which have been performed for years under closed doors continue to be repeated, if NO effort is made to come out of the closet and learn something new.
If we are not up to date or current in our Profession, we will be forced to stay behind Professionally and knowledge wise while our peers move on. Knowledge at the right time is Power. Techniques change, materials change, people change, our dexterity changes, our vision changes and if we don’t adapt to inherent changes on a regular basis eventually we will sink.
CE for which AGD stands for, is meant to bring clinicians together to network at a meeting, have brainstorming sessions and learn from each other. Communication has come to a standstill with the advent of smart phones. We are all WELL connected Globally but NOT connected at all.
Leadership is not about a title, but helping someone succeed with our joint efforts. At NJAGD, we are a bunch of Dentists with a lot of collective experience spanning decades. Let’s get out of our bubble, talk to each other, address the problems we face in our Professional lives to make our personal lives better, fruitful and enjoyable.
Please feel free to connect with us through the contact tab on the NJAGD website to help us serve you, our fellow members. Let us give you a helping hand.
Please let us know of topics that interest you so we can tailor our CE courses to suit your needs
Success is only a stone throw away so is a Mentor. A mentor is a only a phone call or an e-mail away. AGD has a mentorship program which all of us should make use of and avail the opportunity.
It DOES NOT look good on paper BUT only when we use it. Let’s make use of it to advance forward in our life and in our Profession.
Thank you. At your service.
Vaidya Selvan, BDS, DDS, MAGD, FICOI, LLSR