Message from the Chair – Winter 2014

Posted in Latest News on January 16, 2014.

I am humbled to be elected yet again, as Chairman for 2014. I would like to express my gratitude to my fellow Board members, Board staff, Probable Cause Panel members, Sub-Committee members and Advisors for so generously devoting their time and expertise to the citizens of Florida and to our profession. We all are focused and share the same noble goal to “Protect the Public” and we stand selflessly together, united in this effort. The Board’s most recent accomplishment was the revision, strengthening and updating of the rules on anesthesia. The current rules are posted on our website under: www.floridasdentistry.gov.

Published for public review, at our most recent Board of Dentistry meeting November, 2013 was the ten (10) year compiled report of violations that warranted disciplinary action. The top two continue to be – “Failure to maintain adequate patient records” (272 violations) and “Practicing below competent peer standards” (296 violations). With the currently required transition to electronic/digital records, and the Board’s Task Force recommending the guidelines for minimal record content-soon to be finalized and published, I optimistically foresee the allegations of “Failure to keep adequate records” to rapidly become a violation of the past.

I cordially invite all of you to attend a future public meeting of the Florida Board of Dentistry. It is a great way to earn four (4) free hours of CDE credits per biennium, and to stay abreast of the changes in our profession I assure you that 2014 is going to be the best year yet !!

May God continue to bless all of you,

Joe

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