Exhibitors Surpass 2001 Totals

Cologne, Germany–IDS Cologne 2003 organizers are expecting 1,400 suppliers from 43 countries at the next show, March 25-29, 2003. The world fair for the dental sector is being held for the 30th time in its 80-year history. In 2001, close to 60,000 dentists, dental technicians and dental dealers from 118 countries attended the show. The first day, March 25th, is exclusively reserved for specialist dealers. Special events and meetings will also be held for surgeons and technicians.

In-Office Computerization/Internet Usage Increasing

Toronto–Dentists across Canada have dramatically increased their use of computerization and the Internet over the past three years, according to results from the DIAC (Dental Industry Association of Canada) 6th annual ‘Future of Dentistry’ Survey.

Overall, 24.9% of dentists responding said they now have computer terminals in their operatories (up from 20.0% in 2000). Another 11.5% planned to add in-operatory terminals in the future. More dentists with practice management software have been implementing its clinical portion since 2000. In the survey, 20.4% were utilizing this component. Another 31.2% are planning to implement its clinical module within the next two years.

CDHA Charts Same Path as Citizens’ Dialogue on Health Care

Ottawa–The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association’s (CDHA) oral health policies align with many key findings in the Citizens’ Dialogue on Health Care. They both chart a path for healthcare that involves prevention, health promotion and accountability.

CDHA also calls for a re-organization of service delivery, permitting dental hygienists to practice without supervision, order, examination, direction, or pre-authorization by dentists. This would allow the public to receive dental hygiene services in alternative settings, such as long-term care residences, schools, and in rural or isolated areas using mobile services.

Scholarship Winners Announced

St. Catharines, ON–Winners of the first annual Dentistry Canada Fund — Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc. Dental Technology Scholarship have been announced. They are:

Mlanie Caron, Collge douard-Montpetit, Longueuil, QC; Mlanie Chabot, Collge douard-Montpetit, Longueuil, QC; Patricia McCormick, George Brown College, Toronto, ON; Andrew Fowler, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Edmonton, AB; Sharen Danneffel, Vancouver Community College, Vancouver, BC; and Nathan Robertshaw, Vancouver Community College, Vancouver, BC.

“This scholarship is intended to reward those who have shown an ongoing commitment to excellence in their pursuit of a career in dental technology while also serving to inspire and assist those thinking about entering the profession,” said Eva Young, general manager of Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc., Canada. Each student will receive a $1,250 scholarship to be used during the 2002-2003 school year.

Changing the World One Smile at a Time

Peterborough, ON–Discus Dental Canada would like to congratulate Clayton Seidlitz, winner of the first annual James Anderson Memorial Student Award.

This award, available to 4th year Canadian dental students, asks students to consider this philosophy and submit a paper on how they would like to make the world a happier place when they graduate.

Submissions for next year’s award will be considered in Spring 2003.