UWC dentists conferred as international fellows
A number of UWC dentists and dental specialists have joined the class of international “outstanding professional achievers” when they were inducted as fellows of the International College of Dentists (ICD) recently.
Professor Yusuf Osman, Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, was installed as ICD Regent for South Africa while his colleagues professors Robert Barrie, Angela Harris and Mohamed Ebrahim Parker, as well as doctors Ismail Amra, Charad Cara, Soraya Harnekar, Desigar Moodley, Naren Patel and Desigar Moodley were conferred as fellows. They joined five other dentists and dental specialists – Professors Dale Howes and Mark Wetheimer, as well as Doctors Rashid Chamda, Rajesh Dollabh and Lushen Naidoo – from around the country to this select group of fellows.
ICD is regarded as the world’s oldest and largest honor society for dentists which was conceived in 1920 with over 12 000 members in 122 countries. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and a nominated dentist must pass a rigorous peer review process leading to the recognition of the individual’s “outstanding professional achievement, meritorious service, and dedication to the continued progress of dentistry for the benefit of humankind.”
In his welcome address at the induction ceremony hosted at the Dentistry Faculty’s Oral Health Centre on 24 February, ICD President Professor Phillip Dowell, revealed that his organisation is aware that dental care in South Africa is as good as anywhere in the world, he and called on the inductees to uphold ICD’s five core values: leadership, recognition, professional relations, humanitarianism and education.
Prof Dowell said the theme was internationalism, to find the principles of co-operation among the nations for the promotion of their common good. “We must remember that we are one college with the same values. You are part of the new world, the world much larger than yourselves and the world that needs you.
“Let this be the beginning of your journey. Embrace the college and the college will embrace you. Be active, be involved and share your pride in being a fellow of the International College of Dentists.”
Delivering his talk, UWC Rector and Vice-Chancellor Professor Tyrone Pretorius noted that the Dentistry faculty is one of the best dental schools in Africa and commented that UWC was proud of the staff members who were conferred as fellows. “The University is proud of you. You are flying the flag of the University and what it stands for high.”
He said the faculty is one of the shining examples that contribute to the image of UWC as a centre of excellence. “This induction is more evidence of this excellence. Your induction as new fellows is a convergence of interest of the University and promoting excellence and the values of ICD. By recognising the meritorious service of our colleagues, ICD helps us to up our own standards so that we meet their requirements.”
In his response, Prof Osman gave the history and current status of dentistry in South Africa, its achievements and the services they render. In additional to fellowship, he asked ICD to assist with networking opportunities, allow local professionals to be part of the team spirit and the humanitarian programmes the ICD is involved in.
“We want this collaboration. Our universities are in need of post-doctoral fellows to supervise doctoral candidates. We don’t have doctorates in the field of medical dental in this country because these are clinicians and that is where it stops. But we need doctorate degrees because that is what the universities are being assessed on. My appeal to ICD is that we are coming on board, we are identifying with the values you have, and we need assistance to move ahead so we can make this a mutually beneficial relationship.”