The Munster Branch Annual Scientific Meeting and Dinner was held in Cork’s Fota Island Resort and Spa on Friday, November 27. The event, which continues to see increasing numbers year on year, proved to be hugely popular again this year with around 150 delegates from all over the country in attendance.
As in previous years, there was a good social side to the event. There was also an excellent trade show, with over 20 exhibitors, which delegates could visit to see the latest clinical and financial products on offer. In attendance was Dr Anne Twomey, President of the IDA, Association CEO Fintan Hourihan, Assistant CEO Elaine Hughes, and the UCC final year dental students, who were personally invited by the Munster Branch.
Welcoming delegates, Branch President Dr Mairéad Browne introduced the theme of the meeting – ‘Aesthetic and Adhesive Dentistry in General Practice’. This year, the Munster Branch concentrated on finding speakers who would help to make daily practice easier for dentists, and update people’s knowledge and skills in important areas of everyday dentistry. The main speaker was Dr Christopher Orr of Advanced Dental Seminars. He presented three lectures on the topics of direct and indirect restorations for the anterior and posterior teeth and adhesive bridgework. Dr Orr gave very practical tips, with information and advice on the best materials to use and treatments to complete, based on his vast clinical and academic experience. He also provided each delegate with a comprehensive book of notes on his presentations. The afternoon speaker was Ashley Latter, who gave an excellent presentation on the topic of ‘Secrets to perfect communication in your practice’. He discussed helpful tips on how to help patients say ‘yes’ ethically to treatment plans, and how to discuss fees with more self-confidence.
The Munster Branch Dinner was held that evening in Fota Hotel, with entertainment provided by the Bravura String Quartet, and an enjoyable evening was had by all who attended.