Editorial - ZZI 01/2013

Dear members of the DGI, dear readers of the ZZI,

I’d like to begin with the 2012 joint congress of the three sister societies DGI (German Society for Implantology), ÖGI (Austrian Society of Implantology) and SGI (Swiss Society for Implantology) in Bern, Switzerland, which as every year was held on the first weekend of Advent. We were very pleased to note that our carefully calculated estimate of 1,000 participants was comfortably exceeded. We were able to welcome 1,473 participants. The majority – 54 % – came from Germany, 42 % from Switzerland and 4 % from Austria. From many individual discussions and feedbacks we know that the vast majority of participants considered the congress in Bern a highly successful specialist meeting in an excellent ambience, which we will remember positively for a very long time.

Outstanding contributions included the lecture from the ethicist Prof. G. Maio, Freiburg, Germany on the topic “risk factor doctor in dental implantology” and his statement on recognition of personal limits and on teamwork in implantology.

We, the German delegation, were pleased to encounter so much hospitality and also friendliness in our neighbouring country. It is good to cultivate a German-speaking congress community with Swiss and Austrian dental societies. Our German-speaking neighbouring countries show excellence on a global level, across a number of areas with excellent universities, practitioners and dental companies. This excellence is based on the common historical development and exchange.

The three-country congresses already have a certain tradition dating back more than ten years with Salzburg 2000, Munich, 2002, Bern 2004, Vienna 2007 and Berlin 2009. The initial frequency of two years has been increased to three years in the meantime. It should be mentioned for the sake of completeness that the three-country congresses do not only have advantages for the society: in these years the DGI has had to do without its own national congress. It does not therefore reach many of the loyal German congress visitors in such years and also the Youvivo GmbH has to cope with a reduced income.

My presidency in the DGI ended in Bern as part of the rotation cycle with the handover of office to Dr. Gerhard Iglhaut, Memmingen, Germany. I would first like to express my gratitude to all colleagues and supporters of the DGI, particularly my colleagues on the Board of the DGI and you, the members, for the path we have shared in the past three years.

I entered my term in office on the topic “Strengthen the scientific basis for daily practice”. In our opinion the scientific character of the DGI has grown in this time. The congress in Dresden 2011 was held under the motto “60 years osseointegration – a solid basis for new knowledge” and was a great success thanks to your attendance with over 2,300 participants. I would like to recall just one highlight, the gala concert from Prof. Güttler. An increase in contributions was agreed in Dresden and in future these funds will be available annually in the DGI for statutory research promotion on application.

An even higher number of participants attended the Hamburg congress 2010 on the topic “Complications”. The keynote lecture was held by the German Nobel Prize winner Prof. Harald zur Hausen, Heidelberg.

The first DGI Consensus Conference was held in Aerzen 2010 with 54 delegates from all relevant specialist societies incl. BZÄK (German Dental Association), ZZQ (Agency for Quality in Dentistry) and KZBV (the German association of dentist in the public insurance system). The result was published in five articles in the European Journal of Oral Implantology (EJOI), so that German implantology will be more visible internationally. Every DGI member received a copy.

From the results of the conference three AWMF guidelines “S2k bone augmentation materials”, “S2k 3D imaging and computer guided implantology” and “S3 Restoration of the upper jaw” were published by the AWMF (Association of the Scientific Medical Societies) and DGZMK (German Society of Dental, Oral and Craniomandibular Sciences) that formulate the wide treatment corridors for dental practitioners. Since 2010 the EJOI, as well as the ZZI, is the official communication organ and is available at a reduced price for DGI members; also full text searches of scientific articles in journals in the Quintessence publishers are available for a small fee in the DGINET. In this case the dental practitioner has access to international prime literature from a home PC.

The 10th DGI Summer Academy for scientific training of up-and-coming scientists was held, as every summer, in Kiel one week after the Kiel Week and I would like to thank our colleagues in Kiel led by Dr. Behrens and Prof. Wiltfang as well as university lecturers who sent their young employees to the training.

The DGI has now trained almost 3,000 dentists in the Curriculum, a number, which in my opinion is an element of quality assurance and should gain more weight in Europe. Regional quality circles at a further training level have become well established, mainly thanks to our Bavarian members. Recently, the first circle was founded in North Rhine Westphalia. Here the society has created a organisational framework paper. All quality circle directors were invited to Bern for an exchange of ideas. These activities can bring the DGI closer to the basis of the local colleagues. With the office of the quality circle director we can also integrate young committed colleagues into the function of the society and qualify them for other offices within the association. The work with the regional societies is traditionally the responsibility of the past president as is the further development of the quality circle concept. On the subject of continuous education the Master’s course should not be forgotten, which, thanks to the dedication of Prof. Dhom, began with the 12th series of courses in Bern.

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