Thank you to Portuguese Dentistry! 25 Congress Editions of the Portuguese Dental Association

December 20, 2016

From the 10th to the 12th November Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas (Portuguese Dental Association) organized its annual congress, in Porto. This year we celebrated 25 years of congress, a milestone for Portuguese dental medicine. Already a recognized brand!

PDA 25th Congress (2016)
Total congress participants – 3 686
Number of scientific presentations – 161
Hands-on courses – 95
Number of entries at Expo-Dentária – 12 404

Since 1992, when the first Portuguese Dental Congresses took place, the affirmation and credibility of dental medicine as a regulated profession increased in Portugal over the years. During those years, Portuguese dentists shared the passionate dedication to dental medicine that made all the difference in the affirmation and growth of this Congress that nowadays is visited by more than 12 thousand participants.

It is always a huge effort, given that the organization is mostly composed by volunteers, but at the end we are filled with an enormous pride and feeling of mission accomplished!

dsc_1836

OMD congress is also an important moment to create closer ties between colleagues from different parts of the world.

As such, we organized a round table discussion concerning “Regulation in Dentistry: Recognition of Professional Qualifications”, where we had as guests/speakers: Andrew I Spielman (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs NYU); Gilbert Bouteille, (President of the National Association of Dental Surgeons in France); Gerhard Seeberger (FDI – World Dental Federation Speaker); Marco Landi (President of the Council of European Dentists); Óscar Castro Reino (President of the Spanish General Dental Council); Cédric Grolleau (Jurist of the National Association of Dental Surgeons in France); Filipa Carvalho Marques (Director of OMD’s Legal Department), and me as OMD President.

dsc_9962

 

Can health be seen as a common economic activity? It was the main idea and the question that launched the debate.

The opinions of the speakers in this short coverage video:

At the Opening Ceremony we had the presence of the Secretary of State Assistant and of Health, Fernando Araújo and guests from national and international institutions and ambassadors.

dsc_0677

dsc_0793

(…) “Even in 1963, the year I was born, Bob Dylan wrote in the chorus of the song that was to become a true anthem, “(…) times are changing …”

They were, of course! Maybe at a more sociologic level, regarding habits and behaviours.

Then, as now, times continue to change…

We are currently experiencing a time of profound changes, levered essentially by globalization, currently in course, the internet and new communication and information technologies, among others.” (…)

See full speech here (pdf)

“For the times they are a-changing” we have to be ready!

The course of dental regulation in Portuguese-speaking countries was also another focus at OMD congress. Challenges faced by dentists of the Portuguese-speaking countries are very different but still very important to share experiences and opinions, in view of the population’s increasing demand for quality oral health care.

Portuguese-speaking Dental Association Forum: Representatives of the profession and industry from Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique and Portugal.

dsc_1088

In addition to the scientific and social professional programme, Expo-Dentária occurs simultaneously, a dental equipment and material exhibition that boasts more than 12 thousand participants, and is currently the greatest oral health exhibition in Portugal. Expo-Dentária’s official opening was held in the morning with a flash mob for everyone’s surprise.

img_9195

img_9225

As a passionate runner, I highlight the moment when we received the Portuguese Winner Ultrarunner Carlos Sá at our congress. To overcome everyday challenges, we have to be resilient. Do not give up on obstacles. Carlos Sá, winner of the 2013 Badwater Ultramarathon, California (217 km) in 24:38min, is an inspiration.

orlando-monteiro-silva-carlos-sa


Meeting with new Portuguese President of Republic

May 4, 2016

CNOP (National Council of the Portuguese Professional Orders) was received in audience (April 28th 2016) by the recently elected President of the Portuguese Republic (election held last January), Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, at his official residence, Palácio de Belém, in Lisbon.

160428-PRMRS-MFL-0032

As CNOP’s President, I would like to express my appreciation for the words that the President addressed to me and to all of the Portuguese Professional Associations, highlighting the important role of liberal professions and qualified professionals regulated by the Professional Associations in Portugal.

The President of the Republic stressed CNOP’s role as a social partner and the need to enhance this position.

All the Presidents of the Professional Associations present had the opportunity to present the President of the Republic their views regarding human resources training in the respective qualified professions and its impact in employability.

160428-PRMRS-MFL-0055

Lastly, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa shared his detailed views on the current national and international politics.

160428-PRMRS-MFL-0042

160428-PRMRS-MFL-0048

The audience lasted approximately two and a half hours. At the end, CNOP’s President and President of the Portuguese Dental Association, offered the President of Republic, on behalf of CNOP, a case with the pins and logotypes of each of the Professional Orders.


Reelected President of the Portuguese Dental Association

January 15, 2016

On the 9th January the swearing-in ceremony of the new governing bodies of the Portuguese Dental Association, took place, in Lisbon, at Palace Foz.

I am happy to inform that the single candidate list that I submitted, was elected, by general assembly, on the 15th December 2015 for a further four year mandate, with myself as President. Under PDA’s new statutes the governing bodies now have a General Council, composed of 50 members that represent all regions throughout Portugal.

We have new challenges ahead, and new commitments and therefore will be very busy in contributing to the improvement of Oral Health Care in Portugal!

685px-20160109-tomada-posse-omd-046
Sumptuous interior of the XVIII century Palace Foz, revivalist style located at Lisbon downtown.

685px-20160109-tomada-posse-omd-384
From left to right, Paulo Ribeiro de Melo (former secretary general and member of the new General Council), Luís Filipe Correia (president of Ethics Council), Orlando Monteiro da Silva (President/bastonário), Fernando Araújo (secretary of State Assistant and of Health), João Caramês (president of the General Assembly) e Ana Cristina Mano Azul (president of the Fiscal Council).

20160109-tomada-posse-omd-080
The ceremony took place in Lisbon. Was attended by numerous representatives from the Portuguese profissional associations and politicians like Teresa Caeiro, vice president of the Portuguese Parliament, Carlos César, leader of the Socialist Group at the Parliament (Government party), and António Correia de Campos, former Ministry of Health, among other academic, professional and scientific personalities.

20160109-tomada-posse-omd-417
Closing speech.


Portuguese Dental Association Annual Congress

November 20, 2015

The Portuguese Dental Association held its annual congress from the 12 to the 13th November at Meo Arena in Lisbon. The 24th edition of PDA’s congress registered 84 lecturers, 108 posters and 10 730 participants. Expo Dentaria, which is held simultaneously with the congress, boasted 118 companies, representing a total of 390 stands.

These numbers just go to show that this year’s congress was one of the best ever in the history of PDA!

I would like to share with you some of the highlights of this events:

The venue for this year’s congress, situated near the river Tejo, made everything more pleasable:

20151112-1435-congresso-omd-lisboa-0445

20151114-1738-congresso-omd-lisboa-2265

exterior-meo-arena

 

The opening ceremony of the congress, with the presence of the former President of the Republic Jorge Sampaio, and the Minister of Health, in functions at the time, Fernando Leal da Costa.

20151113-1226-congresso-omd-lisboa-1000

Jorge Sampaio

20151113-1258-congresso-omd-lisboa-1117

Fernando Leal da Costa

20151113-1242-congresso-omd-lisboa-1042

Orlando Monteiro da Silva

20151113-1237-congresso-omd-lisboa-1024

Opening ceremony audience

The scientific sessions always gathered a significant audience, reflecting the quality and interest of the lectures.

20151113-1141-congresso-omd-lisboa-0755

20151113-1144-congresso-omd-lisboa-0778

A look at our Expo-Dentária dental fair:

20151112-1642-congresso-omd-lisboa-0551

See you next year in Porto where the 25th edition of the Portuguese Dental Association Congress will be celebrated!


Honoured by my city. Thank You Porto!

July 12, 2015

“It was with great surprise and an even greater honour that I received the Gold Medal of Merit of my city. A city that is also closely linked to Dental Medicine as it has been the headquarters of the Portuguese Dental Association (PDA), since the foundation, in 1991. Even before that when the Profession was not yet autonomously organized, at those days together with the physicians. I receive it on behalf of all my fellow dentists and of all our collaborators at PDA.” These were my first words. The honour I felt was not only at a personal level, but it was also like a collective feeling of pride in representing the dental medicine profession.

3648px-medalha-cmporto
The Gold Medal of Merit of the Municipality of Porto is awarded to citizens and institutions that have distinguished themselves through personal merit or civic accomplishments.

685px-20150709-cmporto-medalha-bastonario
Receiving the Gold Medal of Merit by the Municipality of Porto, at the public ceremony held last 9 july.

pergola
The Pergola is one of the iconic images of Porto. A large sidewalk by the Atlantic sea.

Thank you Porto!


Academy of Dentistry International

April 1, 2015

SignificanceMeaningLogo

Friedrich A. Herbst, past executive director of IDM, International Dental Manufacturers, recommended me for fellowship of ADI, Academy Dentistry International. The convocation took place in Cologne, Germany at the 36th International Dental Show 14 March 2015.

“The Academy of Dentistry International is the international honor society for dentists dedicated to sharing knowledge in order to serve the dental-health needs and to improve the quality of life of people throughout the world. Through the development of fellowship and understanding, the Academy endeavors to create opportunities for service in order to assist in the establishment of a world at peace.”

ADI_085

ADI_089

Cologne14March2015
Back row, left to right: Hans Jürgen Schmitt, Christian Berger, Dusko Gedosev, Mariana Pacurar, me, Günter Dhom, Hassan Shayesteh and Kaveh Seyedan.

Front row, left to right: Tobias Bauer, Ramon Baez, Peter Malata and Gerhard Seeberger. (Photo credits)

koko2
With FDI speaker, Gerhard Seeberger.

Last but not least, I would like to take this opportunity to state the enormous capacity of Fred Herbst as executive director of IDM.

Fred was responsible in these last 17/18 years for projecting IDM. His executive leadership was also inspiring for me. I had an enormous pleasure in working with him for a few years.

ADI_123
Fred, all the best for your next endeavours!


Honorary membership of the Spanish Dental Association. ¡Gracias España!

January 20, 2015

I proudly received the nomination “Miembro de Honor” awarded by the Consejo General de Colegios Oficiales de Odontólogos, y Estomatólogos de España (Spanish Dental Association).

For me, this nomination is particularly important due to the fact that it was decided by all the Spanish representatives regions of the profession.

We share, Portugal and Spain, neighbouring countries, similar approaches in terms of ethics and quality.

685px-espanha2
From left to right, Óscar Castro Reino, presidente del Consejo General de Dentistas de España, me and Juan Carlos Llodra Calvo, secretario del Consejo General de Dentistas de España.

600x400-espanha3

1000px-espanha-foto-grupo-1
My sincere congratulations to José Font Buxó awarded with “Premio Santa Apolonia 2013” and also to the past president Alfonso Villa Vigil distinguished with “Presidente de Honor”.

685px-espanha1

espana4

1000px-oms-espanha-touro
¡Olé!