Med­i­cal & Den­tal As­so­ci­a­tion to in­tro­duce spe­cial pro­gram with Mors CE Ser­vices

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Her name is Ro­sula Mor­gan, Rossie to friends, fam­ily and the Ottawa com­mu­nity she serves in Canada. She left Saint Lu­cia in 1979 to pur­sue a ca­reer in den­tal hy­giene and has been prac­tis­ing for over 30 years. Her dream of one day con­tribut­ing to Saint Lu­cia’s den­tal com­mu­nity is about to be re­alised in April 2015. Mors CE Ser­vices, an or­ga­ni­za­tion she founded in as­so­ci­a­tion with the St. Lu­cian Med­i­cal & Den­tal As­so­ci­a­tion, and of which she is head of op­er­a­tions, will be con­duct­ing for the first time a two-day den­tal devel­op­ment pro­gram on April 17th & 18th. Qual­i­fied pro­fes­sion­als from dif­fer­ent coun­tries will be giv­ing lec­tures in their re­spec­tive fields of ex­per­tise. In­vi­ta­tions to this con­fer­ence were also ex­tended to the Den­tal Com­mu­nity of other is­lands in the re­gion. Rossie grad­u­ated in the 1980s when den­tal hy­giene was at a mush­room base in the pro­fes­sion. Many changes were about to take place and it was the per­fect time to be in the field. Den­tistry has come a long way over the years. With ed­u­ca­tion, new tech­nol­ogy and re­search, our at­ti­tude to­wards our oral health has changed quite a bit from what it used to be.

She says: “We ac­knowl­edge the link to the sys­temic dis­eases and the im­por­tant role it plays in our over­all gen­eral health. Over the years em­pha­sis placed on both pre­ven­tion and main­te­nance in car­ing of our mouths—the gate­way to our body—and in the man­ner we prac­tice den­tistry have moved the pro­fes­sion for­ward. The Den­tal Hy­giene Depart­ment has be­come a vi­tal at­tribute of the prac­tice; we pro­vide main­te­nance and prac­tice pre­ven­tion, act as ed­u­ca­tors and pro­mote pro­duc­tiv­ity in the prac­tice.”

Ad­di­tion­ally: “It is manda­tory for us as health care providers to stay cur­rent with our ed­u­ca­tion. In Canada/North Amer­ica, we are ex­pected to seek out and at­tend lec­tures, cour­ses, work­shops and ac­tiv­i­ties ev­ery year to main­tain our pro­fes­sional port­fo­lio. It is the job of our reg­u­la­tory body to gov­ern and re­quest the sub­mis­sion of port­fo­lios for in­spec­tion, with the in­ten­tion of mak­ing rec­om­men­da­tions for nec­es­sary changes. It is some­what in­con­ve­nient for most of us to be told that we con­tin­u­ously have to meet th­ese re­quire­ments through­out the years of our prac­tice. How­ever, I will be the first to ad­mit that this very process has con­trib­uted to my suc­cess as a RDH to­day. I am pas­sion­ate about my job and love the po­si­tion as Se­nior DH that I hold at the Den­tal Prac­tice where I have worked for over 25 years.” She con­sid­ers it en­cour­ag­ing that Saint Lu­cia is among the few Is­lands in the Caribbean leg­is­lated to re­quire con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion for the main­te­nance of their li­cense to prac­tice. “While I recog­nise that reg­u­la­tory re­quire­ments cou­pled with the as­so­ci­ated ex­penses to par­tic­i­pate in events of this na­ture, for ex­am­ple reg­is­tra­tion fees and pos­si­bly travel can be pro­hib­i­tive, since in the Caribbean th­ese events are not eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble and read­ily avail­able. I must re­it­er­ate that con­tin­ued ed­u­ca­tion in the pro­fes­sion is very im­por­tant and I feel that in the longer term, not only the pro­fes­sion­als but the com­mu­nity stand to ben­e­fit greatly.”

Rossi’s ini­tia­tive, she is quick to state, is not for mon­e­tary gain. Her role in bring­ing the pro­gram to Saint Lu­cia is mainly for “the pur­pose of bring­ing aware­ness, to show the dif­fer­ence con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion has to of­fer in this field, and to make the pro­gram ac­ces­si­ble at a rea­son­able cost to as many as pos­si­ble.”

Bay Gar­dens Re­sorts and Glace Grafix have been co-spon­sors of this event from day one. In ad­di­tion, a team of three St. Lu­cian women— Dr. Joanna Pam­phil, Shar­ron Wil­liams, Feli­cia Montoute and one fe­male Canadian, Jo-Ann Dorey—have been brought on board to help Rossi co-or­di­nate and ar­range the events. Dr. Joana Pam­phil, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the lo­cal the Den­tal As­so­ci­a­tion, has been li­ais­ing be­tween Mor’s CE Ser­vices and the Saint Lu­cia Med­i­cal & Den­tal As­so­ci­a­tion. Sharon is the event plan­ner for the Fri­day evening cock­tail event and Feli­cia, a home-based reg­is­tered den­tal hy­gien­ist, will as­sist the Head of Op­er­a­tions. Jo Ann Dorey, the group’s reg­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer, is in Canada tak­ing care of as­sem­bling the reg­is­tra­tion.

Rossi ex­plains: “My qual­i­fi­ca­tion do not per­mit me to con­duct a lec­ture with the level of knowl­edge re­quired to share with the den­tists ex­pected to at­tend. How­ever, I do have the abil­ity to or­ga­nize the par­tic­i­pa­tion of qual­i­fied pro­fes­sion­als in their re­spec­tive fields to de­liver the in­for­ma­tion to those in need of it.”

An in­vi­ta­tion has been ex­tended to the health min­is­ter Alv­ina Reynolds to de­liver the wel­com­ing speech. In­ter­ested par­ties are urged to reg­is­ter on line at: http:// morsce­ser­ reg­is­tra­tion-form/

Ro­sula Mor­gan Se­nior Den­tal Hy­gien­ist.

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