Capturing a snapshot of the dental profession

cameraThe FGDP(UK) is hoping to capture a current snapshot of the dental profession this October, as it undertakes an ambitious initiative called the ‘Mass Observation’ project.

Subtitled ‘Your profession, your experiences, your opinions’, the project is inviting everyone in dentistry – from receptionists to practice owners – to submit their experiences about one particular day working in dentistry.

The official Mass Observation day is Wednesday 12 October but people can choose to talk about any day in the week of the 10 to the 16 October.

Although a small amount of demographic data will be gathered, all submissions are anonymous, enabling people to be as candid as possible.

The two main questions that the FGDP(UK) hopes will be answered are:

  • What did you do today?
  • What are your thoughts on the profession?

Within the parameters of those two questions, and providing they do not breech patient confidentiality, people can write whatever they want.

The main anticipated outcome from the project is a wealth of anecdotal evidence about dentistry in 2016, and what those involved in the practice of dentistry think about the profession. Whatever themes emerge will be examined in a report to be produced as part of the FGDP(UK)’s 25th anniversary celebrations in 2017.

Dr Mick Horton, dean of the FGDP(UK), said: ‘This project was inspired by the Mass Observation Project that ran for nearly three decades from 1937. Ordinary people shared snapshots of their lives, and in doing so created an invaluable treasure trove of social history. The FGDP(UK) now wants to create something similar to help us celebrate general dental practice during our 25th anniversary next year.

‘We want the whole profession to get involved, not just Faculty members. Dentistry is a wonderful and diverse profession, full of people with fascinating experiences and strong views to share. We want to hear from them all.’

To take part, visit The closing date for submissions is 31 October.

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