How long have you been involved with BDA and West of Scotland branch in particular?
I joined the BDA after qualifying in 1978. I have enjoyed being a member of the association for many years. I was on the BDA South Wales branch committee for many years when I was a Consultant down there and have lectured for BDA branches in many areas in the UK. I returned to Glasgow in 1997 and have been involved with the West of Scotland branch since that time.
How have you seen dentistry and the BDA change over the years?
Dentistry has seen tremendous changes since I qualified in 1978. These have included development of new materials and techniques, major developments in equipment, especially cone beam CT scanning and digital imaging. All of the developments make it easier for us as dentists to diagnose and plan treatment and also it is beneficial for our patients to be informed fully of what is possible using the most up-to-date techniques.
What does it mean to be installed as president?
I am very proud to have been installed as president of the BDA West of Scotland branch. It is the highest accolade that can be awarded by the branch and I will be doing my very best to promote the BDA and the profession during my one year term.
What are your hopes for the future of the branch and dentistry in Scotland as a whole?
I am hoping that during this year we will encourage more dentists and PCDs to attend the postgraduate activities which are being arranged by the BDA. The Scottish Symposium will be on 5 September 2014 and I am sure that dentists and PCDs will turn up in large numbers to support this event as they have done in previous years.
The evening lectures include two speakers from outside the mainland, Mike Cassidy who is a Consultant and Specialist in Restorative Dentistry based in Jersey and Stefano Inglese who is a Master Technician based in Italy.
Dentistry in Scotland and, indeed, in the whole of the UK does have its problems but with all branches of the profession working together, I am sure that we can move forward in a positive way to the benefit of our patients.