Friday, 9 January 2015

Dental Student Impropriety.

    Thirteen dentistry students at Dalhousie university in Nova Scotia were suspended over extremely offensive Facebook posts about female colleagues.  When  I  tried to  look this up on the Dalhousie Facebook page, there was no mention of it..  It would appear  that despite the "outrageous and offensive" nature of  the posts, disciplinary announcements were delayed by fears that the male students were in danger of self-harm over the scandal. The Royal College of Dental Surgeons demanded to know the names of the students involved.  Some of them would be applying for licenses to practice in the province of Ontario.  The Royal College, who's responsibilities include the protection of patients, are entitled to know exactly who they are dealing with when an applicant applies for a license to practice in  the province.  The University's excuse for failure to pass the relevant information to the College of Dentistry:
    "We had credible reports from our front-line staff of potential self-harm."
Stop, for a moment!
      Had they no concern for potential harm by their future licensees to patients?
      This is what happens when administridiots take control of health care.
      I would unequivocally state that these students are totally unfit to practice dentistry or any other health care profession.   Further, I think their names should be published.  We talk a lot about transparency these days but much of it is just that -talk!
     I certainly wouldn't want them to look  after any member of my family.
     Would you?
       Comment if  you have any opinions on this


  1. Well, unprofessional to say the least, but typing is not the same as DOING. Is a murder-mystery writer a murderer's accomplice?

    1. Posting these sort of comments are hurtful and Possibly harmful. Writing a murder story isn't, at least not usually!

  2. That could be a criticism of anything written, said, or otherwise. Ultimately, it boils down to quashing anything that might be hurtful to anyone vs. freedom of expression (especially in a relatively closed venue that required one to actively seek the exchange).

  3. Christie Blatchford of the NP seems to agree with you. I believe people in the health care professions are and should be held to a higher standard. Perhaps that is just old-fashioned these days!