MDA President's Message from Dr. Chow Kai FooDate 24.08.2016
The prime objective of the Malaysian Dental Association is clearly stated in her constitution:
To promote the art and science of dentistry....
and if I might add for the benefit of humanity.
The dental fraternity needs to work hand in hand to meet the challenges confronting the profession in the coming years, which include:
Having a large cohort of graduates to be absorbed into the profession, from approximately 250 to up to 1200 a year.
Having to meet the increasing oral health needs and demands of Malaysians, especially amongst the expanding geriatric population and those who are becoming more aware of aesthetic dentistry.
Dentists, therefore need to continuously upgrade themselves in skills and knowledge for the benefit of the public whom we serve.
“The newly qualified dentist should be able to carry out every kind of dental practice appropriately using currently accepted methods of treatment.” - FDI Policy Statement on Basic Dental Education.
The urgent need to increase the number of specialists in all the different fields of dentistry, made possibly by the use of the mass open source online learning modules (MOOM).
The importance of helping to develop a dental act that works with regulations that are flexible and amenable to regular updates and amendments.
The importance of producing responsible public statements on dentistry without compromising the integrity of the profession.
• The excessive consumption of free sugar need to be battled againts, in line with the FDI WDC policy statement:
“There should be a concerted, integrated effort of parents, schools, health ministries and other stakeholders to decrease the intake of sugar in all its forms”
With support of the MDA members, it is hoped that the Association would continue to serve as a strong platform that promotes professional excellence, friendship and wellbeing of the dental fraternity members in Malaysia.
Going Boldly Where Dentistry Has Never Gone Before.
Serving Together With You.
Dr. Chow Kai Foo BDS; FDSRCS; AM(Mal)
Malaysian Dental Association