The re-scheduled IFPDC Spring Scientific Meeting was held on Sat 21st April in the DDUH.

Despite the inconvenience of having to commit to the same meeting TWICE, and stiff competition from rugby, holidays, holy communions etc. there was strong attendance and a full array of top class speakers.

A special word of thanks is due to Dr Mark Condon who pulled out the stops at short notice and gave a really practical, highly informative talk on “Restorative Emergencies in daily Practice”. His tips on hassle free crown/bridge repair, emergency removal of fixed restorations, temporisation etc. were exactly on message for general practitioners and the audience went away with some real gems of information which can be applied straight away. Our sincere thanks to Mark.

Drs Mark Condon and Aodh MacGrainne at the Spring Scientific Meeting

Dr Tom Thayer also willingly travelled from Liverpool and gave two excellent talks. The first talk focussed on enhancing the effectiveness of LA. Tom’s second talk was on TMD – in all its’ guises!

Our thanks are also due to Drs Hal Duncan and Justin Moloney who also stepped up to the plate despite competition from family (Hal) and a GA session (Justin). Hal’s ground-breaking talk on minimally-invasive RC treatments was a real winner – are we about to see a revolution in endodontics?! Justin, through the use of excellent videos from his own practice and his own patients, gave practical advice on instruments, surgical set-up, access, LA etc. He demonstrated techniques that could simplify surgical situations that occur unplanned but need to be dealt with decisively.

Dr Michael O’Sullivan, Postgraduate Dean, DDUH gave an update to the audience on the Masters in General Dental Practice which is being run by the DDUH/TCD. He outlined the structure of the Top-up Masters Programme – the modules and thesis – and encouraged people with a Dip Clin Dent or equivalent qualification to apply for the next intake in Sept 2018. The application deadline is 31st July and information is available on the TCD Postgraduate website. Full details and application at the following link:

Dr Barry Hillery, who runs a single-handed general dental practice and is currently doing the Masters, gave a short presentation on his experience. He highlighted the many positive aspects to doing the Masters and that with a bit of planning and forethought it is very achievable for general practitioners.

Dr Hal Duncan speaking at the IFPDC Spring Meeting