By: Dr. Angelica de Lara – Torres
Last April 2, 2014, the Association of Philippine Orthodontists (APO) had its 7th General Membership Meeting at the Metroclub Makati. It was a pro-active meeting in the sense that the topic during the gathering was on – “Case Discussion and Mentoring.”
Mentoring is an essential leadership skill, in addition to managing and motivating people. It is important that you can help others learn, grow and become more effective in their fields of specialty, in our case Orthodontics.
The “Case Discussion and Mentoring” that occurred during the 7th APO General Membership Meeting is essential to promote a positive attitude and understanding of the responsible conduct as orthodontists to our clientele/patients.
The Mentors during the said gathering were the following:
- Dr. Sandra Adriano
- Dr. Ermelinda Galang
- Dr. Teresa Gaduco
- Dr. Marianne Hernandez
- Dr. Marilyn Leung
- Dr. Kathy Ong
- Dr. Cynthia Quismondo
- Dr. Crissie Santayan
- Dr. Roberto Tan
Each group were assigned two (2) mentors each, and every member in the group made a discussion of their different cases. It was a productive learning experience for all of us. We learned from our mentors who simplified treatment plan for us and at the same time reinforce our own treatment plan for our patients.
Before the meeting ended, two members made a special case presentation, in the person of Dr. Letecia Hernandez whose case dealt on Treating Bilateral Impacted Canine with the use of Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD) and Dr. Rea Henares who presented a case on Skeletal and Dental Class III.
The meeting ended with a sumptuous lunch. But what was more important was the knowledge gained during the Case Discussion and Mentoring, and the realization that by discussion and mentoring, it is not merely acquiring facts and information, but in the development of character as an orthodontist and as a person.
By: Dr. Frances Margaret J. Tamayo and Dr. Angelica de Lara – Torres
Effective mentoring is essential
Although mentoring alone may be insufficient, mentoring is essential to promote a positive attitude and understanding of the responsible conduct of research.
Mentoring is a shared professional responsibility of all scientists
The enterprise of science depends on effective communication not just about the science, but about the practice of science, standards of conduct, and ethical and social responsibility. Taking an active role in helping to train the next generation of scientists should not be optional. And scientific trainees have a complementary responsibility to take an active role in their own development and seek mentors.
- Mentoring is an essential leadership skill. In addition to managing and motivating people, it’s also important that you can help others learn, grow and become more effective in their jobs.
- You can do this through a mentoring partnership, which you can arrange within your organization or through a personal or professional network.
- Should you become a mentor? And what do you need to consider before setting up a mentoring relationship? In this article, we’ll highlight some things a mentor does and doesn’t do, and we’ll help you decide whether mentoring is right for you.
- Becoming a Mentor
- Mentoring can be a rewarding experience for you, both personally and professionally. You can improve your leadership and communication skills, learn new perspectives and ways of thinking, advance your career, and gain a great sense of personal satisfaction.
- To learn more about the advantages of mentoring, see Mentoring: A Mutually Beneficial Partnership.