Editorial - ZZI 01/2013

“Research creates knowledge – knowledge creates the future”

Our DGI (German Society for Implantology) has started 2013 under a positive omen and we all have good reason to look forward to the future. The DGI under the past presidency of Prof. Dr. Dr. Hendrik Terheyden has laid a solid basis for the future, which should now be strengthened and expanded.

The DGI, which is a large organisation and the biggest scientific society in Europe in its field is able to, with the cooperation of researchers and practitioners, generate knowledge and make it widely available. Our members create and support progress in implantology and our patients benefit from being in the experienced hands of these colleagues.

We expect to welcome our 8,000th member in a few months. With its differentiated scientifically based and practice-orientated advanced training ranging from Curriculum over Continuum up to the Master of Science in Oral Implantology, the DGI is and remains an attractive option for colleagues. This year we can look back on 15 years of Curriculum in Oral Implantology and five years of our Curriculum in Implant Prosthetics and Dental Technology. This is no reason for us to rest on our laurels, but should rather motivate us to continue forging new developments.

The future work of the DGI will focus on three aspects: Firstly on supporting up-and-coming implantologists at universities and in dental practice. Young colleagues should be actively involved in shaping the future of the DGI and the further development of oral implantology. You can read more about this objective on Page 22 in this magazine.

Though, in future, innovations may make treatment easier, the complexity of the surgical procedures will increase and the range of treatment options will differentiate further. A team approach will therefore become even more important. Teamwork is essential – between the specialist dental disciplines, between dental medicine and dental technology and not least between dentistry and other fields in medicine.

Teamwork and networking is the second area we must promote to future-proof the DGI. We need strong networks inside and outside our society. We need local and regional structures which allow our society to be experienced at a local level – quality circles and regional study clubs have an important function in this regard. An international network should provide the necessary broader view and support an exchange of ideas. In order to reach this objective we will continue to develop the internal structures of the DGI. For example, advisory committees and task groups will be created for project work.

The digital future will be integrated into our basic and advanced training courses. This is the third focus of our future activities. We are proceeding with e-learning, which will offer new possibilities for our members. Where the journey will take us can be seen on our website at www.dgi-ev.de. The website includes a test module for gaining an insight.

Dear colleagues I would like to invite you to participate in the future work of our DGI. This future work involves, after all, creating your and our future in dentistry.

I look forward to your involvement!


Dr. Gerhard M. Iglhaut