The CDE program ‘Business with Dentistry 2018’ was organized and conducted by Department of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, on 15th November 2018. The program was aimed to enlighten the undergraduates about the importance of applying business prospects in dentistry, research opportunities and insight about NEET postgraduate exam. 160 delegates including faculties and undergraduates of Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences attended the program. The program commenced at 9.30 AM with IGIDS anthem and prayer song. A welcome address was delivered by Dr. U. B. Rajasekaran, Professor and Head, Department of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, IGIDS. To symbolize elimination of ignorance and bringing upon wisdom, kuthuvillaku was lit followed by felicitation speech by Dr. R. Satyanarayan, Vice Principal, IGIDS. The inauguration was concluded with vote of Thanks from Dr. Hanumanth, Reader, Department of Orthodontics followed by National anthem and high tea.
Dr. Sudhakar, Professor, and Head, Department of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, Adhi Parasakthi Dental College & Hospital, Melmaruvathur, delivered a highly informative and enlightening lecture on ‘Overcoming fears and uncertainties faced by dental graduates’. The second lecture was delivered by Dr. Sreekumar Seturaaman, Consultant Practice Management, Coimbatore, presented a lecture on ‘Strategies for a successful dental practice’. Dr. Madhan B, Professor, and Head, Department of Dentistry, JIPMER, Puducherry, delivered a lecture on ‘Research as a career option for the dentist’. His comprehensive lecture explained the importance of research in dentistry and how and why research is one of the less sought-after career options.
In the post-lunch session, Dr. Sreekumar Seturaaman delivered a lecture on ‘An approach for overseas opportunities’. He elaborated on dental graduates pursuing a career in dentistry abroad and the pathways to obtaining licensure in various countries. The certificate of appreciation and a small memento was awarded to all the guest speakers by Dr. U. B. Rajasekaran at the end of each session. The CDE program was partly funded by ORTHO ONE and Scientific Academic Forum, IGIDS.