Achieving success and avoiding failure
14 December 2017 (Last updated: 18 Dec 2017 14:38)
Professional experience, and personal anecdote, provided the substance of presentations on how to achieve success and avoid failure as surgeons at the recent British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) development day.
Regional specialty professional advisors (RSPAs) and new BAOMS consultants listened to advice on how to avoid the pitfalls of failure and achieve success, and then asked the tricky questions. Speakers talked about the legal pitfalls to be aware of, how the role of medical directors can impact on practice and what the implications of dual General Medical Council (GMC) and General Dental Council (GDC) regulation can mean for oral and maxillofacial surgeons.
Patrick Magennis BAOMS Chair and Stephen Dover BAOMS President gave examples of how a complaint about OMFS surgeons was investigated by both the GDC and GMC that illustrated how the same complaint is often treated completely differently. Ian Martin, incoming BAOMS President, said: “There is a clear need for a Memorandum of Understanding between the GMC and GDC when an OMFS surgeon has dual registration to avoid unnecessary time and expense for the regulators and stress for the surgeon. This was recognised 10 years ago when I was Chair of BAOMS, and nothing has happened since then.”
Emma Woolley, incoming chair of the national OMFS training committee (SAC OMFS) and Director of Medical and Dental Education at the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, called for more openness in the relationship between trainers and trainees. She explained that trainers have the knowledge from years of experience that needs to be passed on to the next generation: “We should aim to help trainees be better than us.”
Patrick Magennis took up the point and concluded: “The next generation of surgeons will have different ideas of what being a professional surgeon is and patients too will hold different expectations of us as practitioners. We owe it to both our trainees and our patients to understand the causes of failure and actively plan avoid them in the future.”
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