FDI Annual World Dental Congress to convene in India
Jaipur site: The Amer Fort (also known as the Amber Fort) in Jaipur is an opulent sandstone and marble palace that draws some 5,000 visitors each day.
Wonderful: The Taj Mahal, located in the city of Agra, is the seventh wonder of the world and a short trip from the 2014 FDI World Dental Congress site in Greater Noida (near New Delhi).
Leaders in the profession representing national dental organizations from around the globe, including the ADA, will discuss the latest developments in oral health issues and policies affecting the health of citizens worldwide.
"ADA members are a part of the global community and need to be aware of what is happening internationally," said Dr. Kathy Kell, FDI treasurer. Dr. Kell, a general dentist in Davenport, Iowa, is an ADA past trustee (2004-08). "Issues arise that affect us all and standards are being set by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization), the World Health Organization and the FDI General Assembly that meets at the annual congress. Your elected ADA officers and trustees attend these meetings and contribute to the development of statements and papers that determine how we practice. All dentists should be aware of these issues and voice their opinions to their representatives."
The congress will convene in the town adjacent to New Delhi (Greater Noida) at the India Expo Centre and Mart. The city of Greater Noida was carefully planned and built in the National Capital Region in the 1990s and houses business and industry, colleges and universities, parks and residential areas and luxurious hotels. Iconic attractions like the Taj Mahal and the "Pink City" of Jaipur are close enough to enjoy during a day trip.
"We are delighted that FDI has once again chosen India for its landmark event," said IDA President Pramod Gurav. "Today, India is a land of opportunity in dentistry: awareness of oral health is on the increase and access to care is widening rapidly. This is good news for the country's dentists, its burgeoning dental industry and for the success of the 2014 congress."
The meeting's four-day scientific program includes continuing education lecture panels, conferences, forums and interactive sessions on the latest developments in dentistry. Early morning breakfast meetings, meet the expert sessions, review of the year sessions, free communications and poster discussion sessions also encourage colleagues to share information on the latest issues affecting the dental profession. The FDI is an ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program recognized provider.
The congress exhibition showcases nearly 600 booths featuring products and services of exhibitors from around the world.
Social programs including the welcome ceremony and presidential banquet; pre- and post-congress tours and day trips; and activities for accompanying persons are planned to help visitors enjoy the wonders of New Delhi—the capital of the most populous democracy in the world—as well as the surrounding region.
Beyond the convention center, the capital of India's rich history is showcased in an array of mosques, forts and monuments left over from the Mughal rulers that once occupied the city.
The contrast between rambling Old Delhi and well-planned New Delhi is striking. According to the Delhi tourism bureau, "Old Delhi is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling havelis and formidable mosques. In contrast, the imperial city of New Delhi is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. Discover this city sprinkled with dazzling gems: captivating ancient monuments, fascinating museums and art galleries, architectural wonders, a vivacious performing-arts scene, fabulous eating places and bustling markets."
Dr. Kell encourages her ADA colleagues to take advantage of the opportunities they have for learning, networking, advocacy, travel and cultural enrichment that attending the FDI congress offers.
"As an ADA member dentist you are automatically a member of the FDI," said Dr. Kell. "Attending the FDI meeting is a good way to learn something new from an international lecturer; meet international colleagues; learn about global issues in oral health that affect us all; experience a new culture; meet young colleagues starting their careers; buy something at the exhibits you can't find in the U.S.; see your ADA delegates at work in the General Assembly; sign up for day trips, city tours and night events; and travel with colleagues on side trips to experience how others live.
"My experience with FDI is something I'd never know if not for volunteering to help my association," she added. "I volunteered locally, through my state and at the national level, and now at the FDI. I've met colleagues from all around the world in all areas of dentistry: education, research, specialists, and general dentists. I've been in locations I'd never think of visiting that were some of my best experiences. The FDI offers the chance to talk with dentists from Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America, discussing the same topics you do back home but with an international flavor. As a private practice general dentist from Iowa, it's been an amazing experience for me."
Find more details and register for the meeting at www.fdi2014.org.in or contact the ADA Division of Global Affairs for more information at the toll-free number, ext. 2726.