Introducing a new book on dental practice and patient care, written by an experienced dentist who has worked in hospitals, research centers, and established their own clinic. This book provides a decade’s worth of knowledge, learning, and tips derived from clinical practice experience and shadowing, as well as systems for running a clinic that many practitioners do not share. The author emphasizes the importance of approaching patient care with awareness and knowledge to avoid causing harm and stresses the need for patient management skills in doctors’ nature and team.
Let’s dive into Author’s ideas and views about his book.
1.What is the core essence of this book?
Ans- The core essence of this book is knowledge, learning, and tips that are mainly derived from a decade of clinical practice experience, shadowing, learning, and practicing in a hospital setting. Additionally, it includes systems for running a clinic, which many practitioners and experts do not share. However, my mentor and guide generously shared this information with me and other dentists, allowing us to skillfully treat patients with knowledge. It is important to note that gaining experience requires effort, hard work, and consistency in working with patients. It is also essential to approach patient care with awareness and knowledge to avoid causing harm. Throughout my career, I have worked in hospitals, dental companies, research setups, universities, innovation centers, and have consulted in clinics. I have also established my own clinic, positioning myself to help both myself and others.
I wish you the Best of Luck as you continue to grow in experience.
2.How do you define your relationship with dentistry?
Ans-I have been a part of the dental community system in India and abroad to understand the broader perspective that we are helping patients and not the other way around, where patients pay for treatment and help us. We are specialist doctors or dental surgeons who contribute value by helping patients.
Money is a byproduct of the effort put in to help patients, which is monetarily rewarding as an appreciation for good work done, and clinics and such services are expensive to maintain with a high stress and huge learning curve, with progress rapidly being made all over the world.
As dental professionals, our primary focus is helping patients rather than profiting from them. We are compensated for our efforts, but it’s important to remember that health is wealth. We should strive to be good humans and offer our services with sincerity and patient trust. Patient management skills are crucial, including communication, empathy, and financial understanding. We can refuse treatment if a patient does not comply or misbehaves. We have the right to ask for a fair value for our services based on our experience, skills, and location. We should offer advice and medication to those in pain, and if we cannot assist them, direct them to facilities where they can receive treatment. Finally, it is their body, health, and oral health, so give them the best as per your recommendation and their desire, as long as it “does no harm” (Hippocrates oath).
My inspiration was to thank and acknowledge my mentor and guide for their help and guidance. I am also grateful for my wonderful family, especially my parents, sister, brother-in-law, and others, for their unconditional support. Additionally, I am grateful for my fiancé’s support as I strive to help the dental community, from dentist interns to clinics to Manipal Hospital, and for the feelings of gratitude towards hospital MD, teams, labs, and my dear patients who feel safe in the hands of any dentist they visit in India or abroad.
Finally, I want to create a reference book or Dental Handbook professionally formatted for my own reference with patients. I aim to get this valuable information out there to other dentists from my mentor and guide and learnings of my own experience over the years. I know it’s difficult, hard, and a struggle to grow in this field, especially in these initial years. Therefore, I want to offer a helping hand to others in the dental community.
4. Can you tell us more about dentistry?
Ans- Such information is only found with experience from other dentists passed down through generations. From a few, I pray it spreads to many and starts a system of information being freely shared without financial biases, with declarations if so, rather to help patients and advance the field in general.
As technology moves very rapidly, we must keep pace. Robotics, AI, regenerations, and many other unimaginable advancements are emerging. We must ensure that systems are affordable for patients and provide dentists with a good lifestyle so that the brightest individuals join the field.
5. What is a key concept of your book that you want to share with readers?
Ans- One key concept or takeaway is the invaluable information contained in the dental learnings chapter. It took me four years of working on patients on an honorary basis and over two decades of being in the industry to learn, observe, practice, and gain the experience necessary to share this information.
Dental handbook link www.randdindia.com