International dental students’ association launches new journal
GENEVA, Switzerland: The International Association of Dental Students (IADS) recently published the inaugural issue of International Journal of Dental Students (IJDS). According to Dr Huthaifa Abdul Qader, the publication’s editor-in-chief, IJDS aims to make scientific literature more accessible to young dental professionals by improving readability and focusing on new techniques and controversial topics in clinical applications and research.
Qader told Dental Tribune International (DTI) that IJDS has chosen to diverge from traditional dental scientific literature in order to inspire a new generation of dentists to embrace contemporary treatment methodologies.
He explained that, fundamentally, IJDS aims to serve as an inviting and student-friendly forum for the creative exchange of knowledge and information on an international level. While remaining firmly rooted in evidence-based protocols and sound clinical judgement, it breaks from the format of longer, text-heavy articles.
“The monotonous long articles frankly discourage most of the new generation from acquiring knowledge outside the scope of their curriculum,” Qader asserted. “IJDS, on the other hand, aims to tempt students, in an engaging and simple manner, to become absorbed in science.”
“Students can develop practice-relevant inquisitiveness, intellectual confidence and critical appraisal skills by actively delving into scientific publications”
Influenced by his experience working with dental students in an academic context, Qader commented that it was important to help younger dental professionals around the world build the academic competencies that will enrich their practices.
“Students can develop practice-relevant inquisitiveness, intellectual confidence and critical appraisal skills by actively delving into scientific publications in order to incorporate research findings into their daily chairside practice,” Qader continued. “The question here is: can all dental students do that on their own after graduation?”
IADS is a transnational organisation and must take into account national variations in the focus on academic study within dental education. “Dental students worldwide do not all receive the same privilege of quality education and guidance. As a consequence, many students graduate without having acquired the tools needed in order to derive information about scientific and clinical advances and to critically evaluate their effectiveness,” he said.
When asked what advice he would have for young dentists who are interested in becoming more involved in contributing to academic publications, Qader said that he urged all dental students to immerse themselves in an environment that vigorously pursues the creation of new scientific and clinical knowledge. “A paradigm shift in dental education standards can be achieved by enlightening the minds of today’s students, who will potentially take up positions of leadership in the future,” he said.
IADS represents the interests of 200,000 dental students in over 60 countries. The first issue of IJDS is online and can be accessed free of charge via DTI’s e-paper archive.