Year : 2013 | Volume
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In quest of the truth
Editor In Chief, Journal of Interdisciplinary Dentistry, Associate Dean and Professor, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal University, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Editor In Chief, Journal of Interdisciplinary Dentistry, Associate Dean and Professor, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal University, Mangalore, Karnataka
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It is our duty to remember at all times and anew that medicine is not only a science, but also the art of letting our own individuality interact with the individuality of the patient.
- Albert Schweitzer
We live in a world where survival depends on mutual interdependence and symbiotic interaction. And the world as we know it is changing. Change is the only constant. We have to prepare ourselves and future generations of dentists for change.
Interdisciplinary approach is the need of the hour in the field of medicine to promote and safeguard the health of the people. For the successful management of our cases, there should be an interaction between disciplines such as pharmacology, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, nanotechnology, genetics and other branches of medicine. The integration of scientific knowledge from various fields will enlighten us on all aspects of disease and thereby enable us to plan the most appropriate treatment to achieve the optimal result. The three E's-epidemiology, economics and ethics have major roles to play in clinical decision making while planning treatment for our patients.
Today, information is so freely available on the web that there is a veritable overload. However, it is the basics which matter. It is up to us to provide a sound foundation for our students and create a healthy appetite for multidirectional learning with a holistic approach. In India, students' research is lagging. It is time for us to change our system from didactic lectures toward problem based learning. It is our duty to create a thirst for research among our students. Let us influence our students to do integrated, evidence based practice based on research involving multiple disciplines to find the most effective ways of giving the best care for our patients.
Team work is today's mantra. The process of learning has no end. If this process is founded on sound basics and purposeful research and translated into holistic, multidisciplinary treatment based on the proper ethics, success is guaranteed.