Dear all followers of Kai Dentistry! It’s been a long while since I last blogged, so here is a recap of what I have been up to for the past few months.
Final year has begun
It all comes down to this. After all the blood and sweat of the previous 4 years, the final hurdle is finally here.
This year we work mainly in the Total Patient Care (TPC) clinic. It combines the practice of restorative dentistry, endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics under one roof. Before this we used to go to separate clinics to carry out different kinds of treatment. For example, we used to go to the periodontal clinic for gum treatment and prosthodontic clinic for denture treatment. Now that we have a combined clinic, it feels more like an actual dental practice. We have to think more clearly of treatment plans in handling complex treatment cases.
Summer research project
As you may know, I didn’t go back to Malaysia for my summer holidays. Instead, I spent the whole summer working on a summer research project with the university.
The topic of the project was “quality of root canal treatments undertaken by undergraduate students”. It’s a retrospective study looking at X-rays of completed root canal treatments done by students in the school of dentistry, and grading them according to strict criteria. I’ll not divulge into the results of the findings, because it is unpublished research data I’m not allowed to share. The image above shows me posing during the early stage of the research, where I was collecting patient data from the patient records.
Of course, I wasn’t alone. I was working with my research partner Omid, who was a ball of fun (and noise!).
And this is how the majority of the research was carried out. We were mainly working on clinic in the school of dentistry, looking at digital X-rays and patient notes, and inputting all the data into a Microsoft Excel sheet.
For the last few weeks of the research, we were writing a paper on the research findings. It hasn’t yet been finalised as we need to consult with consultants over some minor details. Hopefully something good will come out of it!