I am a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA), a profession that I love, and one that I am proud and passionate about. I have been ‘practicing’ for many years in general dentistry, and most recently, in an oral surgery specialty office. I like that the word ‘practice’ implies that my chosen career is a work in progress, an excercise for the purpose of acquiring skill and proficiency.

Perhaps I should begin by explaining what being a dental assistant involves, specifically in the Province of British Columbia. Upon completion of a ten month accredited certificate program (I attended Okanagan College), a CDA must register with the College of Dental Surgeons of BC (CDSBC) to become licensed in order to practice. The license is renewable annually. Requirements for renewal include: mandatory proof of consecutive practice, and a minimum of thirty-six hours of continuing education every three years. I love that the CDSBC fosters lifelong learning! A CDA is licensed to practice under the direction of a dentist or dental specialist in many different capacities, which primarily include: assisting the doctor during treatment (surgical or otherwise), providing hygiene care to children, obtaining patient’s records (medical history, x-rays, study models, etc), and maintaining a chain of asepsis in the dental office. A CDA can work in general dentistry, and in the dental specialties by receiving further certification modules in Orthodontics, Prosthodontics, and Sedation. They can also obtain National Certification (by examination) in order to practice outside of B.C.

My goal is to give insight into what it means to be a Certified Dental Assistant as I continue to learn and grow with excellence in my profession, and to archive my journey through the Provincial Instructor’s Diploma Program (PIDP) at Vancouver Community College (VCC). At the onset of the first of eight required courses entitled Foundations of Adult Education, my instructor asked me to read some material on the different types of established learning methods, and to take a few days to consider my own learning style, and also to think about which kind of teaching methods I would use. I told him that I’m essentially at ‘square one’ in that I had never considered teaching methods before; I felt unprepared for his question. Is this something that people think about, or was this a cleverly disguised teaching method to get me to look inwards, as opposed to studying and memorizing the quantified information and skills that I’ve been held accountable for in the past? Fine then. I must confess that it is hard to look at myself, and to question the ‘hows’ and the ‘whys.’ So far, I have learned that there are many ways to learn and to teach. I genuinely digress, that is, go off a tangent[1]. This Blog is my tangent.


About the artwork: The art on my posts and pages are originals produced by my daughter Isabel Truant. Isabel is a Fine Arts student at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan. Her work is evolving in extremely creative ways. Please check out more on her website bananaspiderbones.com

About the photographs: The photographs on my posts and pages are originals produced by myself, unless otherwise stated.

The work on this blog is licensed under:
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[1] tangent: a completely different line of thought or action

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