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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

The role of manpower development in the advancement of dentistry among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries


Riyadh Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy, P. O. Box 84891, Riyadh 11681, Saudi Arabia

Date of Web Publication18-Jan-2016

Correspondence Address:
Abdullah R AlShammery
Riyadh Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy, P. O. Box 84891, Riyadh 11681
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-6816.174287

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AlShammery AR. The role of manpower development in the advancement of dentistry among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Saudi J Oral Sci 2016;3:1-2

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AlShammery AR. The role of manpower development in the advancement of dentistry among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Saudi J Oral Sci [serial online] 2016 [cited 2019 Nov 11];3:1-2. Available from: http://www.saudijos.org/text.asp?2016/3/1/1/174287

The optimal utilization of manpower, or human resource development (HRD), is a field that came into its own in the twentieth century. While companies and other professions have invested both time and money into the field, dentists have often viewed the field with indifference. While the role of human resources in dental practice is often recognized in terms of employment or remuneration, HRD is often neglected.

The past decade has seen a boom in dental education in the region, with the greatest expansion being in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The number of dental schools in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has grown from four dental schools (three governmental dental schools and one private dental school) in 2005 to 24 dental schools (18 governmental dental schools and six private dental schools) in 2015. The vast geographic extent of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia makes the proper distribution and utilization of dental manpower critical. Similarly, there have been new schools and graduate programs in the other countries in the region, particularly the United Arab Emirates, resulting in a highly trained dental workforce. The increasing population of the region and a shortage of local dentists justify the need for this increased workforce.

It is, however, imperative that this workforce is utilized in the most effective and efficient manner possible. The scientific analysis of dental manpower and the application of these lessons into the education, continuing education, and recruitment policies of the concerned countries is the need of the hour. In addition to employment, it is critical as well to clearly define the role that each of these dentists will play. In addition, it is essential to ensure the utilization of specialists and consultants in the roles where they will be most effective.

Over the past three decades, there have been great advances made in the fields of Preventive Dentistry and Oral Biology. There has additionally been the development of new fields such as Special Care Dentistry. While these fields find acceptance in the West, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region faces a dilemma as to how to utilize professionals trained in these fields. Professionals trained in these fields often find themselves underutilized when they return to serve their respective countries. It is the responsibility of the policymakers in the region to ensure that these bright minds get the opportunity they deserve to serve their society to the fullest of their abilities.

To facilitate this goal, the Riyadh Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia hosted a dental manpower meeting of the representatives of the GCC countries on November 28, 2015. The meeting sought to establish the framework for regional dental manpower development guidelines. It is the view of the Saudi Journal of Oral Sciences that dental manpower development is not only desirable but an essential need. The journal supports the concept of continuous manpower development and believes it will help dentistry in the region to grow both academically and clinically.




 

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