EDSA Motivation EDSA Collaboration
FDI and EDSA – A new partnership EDSA is an association which has been dedicated to making improvements since it was founded in 1988. Projects organized by both EDSA and through multi-disciplinary work with other organizations, are the main force thats broadening horizons towards the development of novelactivities in a variety of fields of interest. An example of the succesful work of the organisation is with its cooperation with ADEE (Association of Dental Educators of Europe) where EDSA representatives from all around Europe meet to express opinions, share views and ideas regarding past, present and future of education in dentistry. This year EDSA was welcomed to another big family and became a supporting member of FDI, World Dental Federation, which represents over 900.000 dental proffessionals worldwide. FDI represents a worldwide voice of dentistry that promotes oral and general health for all people while emphasizing the role of ethics, art and science in practice of dentistry. It was founded in Paris in 1900 as a Fédération Dentaire Internationale. The main goals of the FDI are: 1. to bring together the world of dentistry; 2. to represent the dental profession of the world and 3. to stimulate and facilitate the exchange of information across all borders with the aim of optimal oral health for all people. Looking at the FDI’s history and goals , it can be concluded that it is the worldwide voice of dental profession and it is no surprise that the EDSA found its place under such a powerful umbrella. EDSA’s interest for cooperation started 2 years ago in Dublin, Ireland, during a World Congress on Dental Education. First discussions gave rise to further FDI support in EDSA projects which were recognized as having a great potential. The first project which gained FDI’s attention was the ‘Volunteer Work Project’ whose main goals were to motivate European dental students to help underprivileged populations in different parts of the world while emphasizing the idea of equal access to oral healthcare. Students are rarely exposed to another kind of environment besides their own and volunteer work will therefore broaden their experiences.
As previously mentioned, FDI is emphasizing the role of ethics in art and science of dentistry. During EDSA meeting in Ljubljana this year, I had a presentation about FDI Dental Ethics Manual. It is FDI’s document which is covering specific areas where ethics is present in dentistry and explaining the role of ethics in profession of dentistry (patients, society, colleagues and research). Fortunately, we had a FDI representative at the meeting, Ms. Carol Maguire who is a manager and involved in membership relations. Ms Maguire showed interest and offered support in further FDI/EDSA work on this specific issue. As a result of the work done towards this , we now have FDI supported Dental Ethics project. The project will start next year in 7 European dental schools as a pilot try: Varna (Bulgaria), Belgrade (Serbia), Zagreb (Croatia), Ljubljana (Slovenia), London and Leeds (UK), and Stockholm (Sweden). The idea is to make students aware of the importance of ethics in their future profession with the help of FDI Dental Ethics Manual, on which the project is based. Both projects, Volunteer Work and Dental Ethics, brought us to the point where FDI recognized our readiness for a teamwork and dedication to goals which will enrich European dental student. EDSA feels honored to be a part of FDI family as a supporting member and we are ready to work hard and justify the trust we were given!
Nikola Molnar firstname.lastname@example.org Ljubljana, Slovenia Dental Ethics Project Coordinator
EDSA Magazine • Winter 10 • Page 31
EDSA Magazine - Winter 2010