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Amit Patel (right) celebrating with Dental Circle partners and friends. (Photograph Lloyd Goodall, UK)
Dental Tribune International

By Dental Tribune International

Thu. 9 July 2015

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LONDON, UK: With temperatures skyrocketing last week in the capital, the organisers of Dental Circle could not have chosen a better time to hold its first major networking event. Consequently, hundreds of members of the professional social media website met in London on Saturday to share ideas and celebrate the achievements of the amibitious platform.

And there was plenty to celebrate at the event sponsored by dental implant solutions provider Straumann. In just one year after launching, the site has attracted over 3,000 members, a number that might not seem high for a professional network, but one that fits in perfectly with the ethos founders Amit and Dev Patel had in mind when launching the site.Instead of being open to anyone, like Facebook or Twitter, the network works similar to exclusive social media sites like ELEQT, but without the hurdle of having to pay one’s way into it. Professionals interested in joining Dental Circle just have to be registered with the General Dental Council and want to be part of an ever-growing network of professionals.

“In the current employment market, young dentists are struggling to find jobs and make the right connections. Specialists too are receiving fewer referrals and principal dentists are flooded with ambiguous CVs from across the world,” explains Amit Patel, who is also a London-based dentist. “Dental Circle is the professional network for dental professionals, with the aim of connecting all dentists, therapists, hygienists, nurses and laboratory technicians.”

Once approved, members are given a personal profile page, which they can customise with their interests and achievements, as well as the opportunity to upload images of their own cases and share them with the rest of the community. From these, the best are awarded on a regular basis. Furthermore, members can join special interest groups to explore or deepen their knowledge of different aspects of dentistry. These are led by mentors, including clinical gurus such as Chris Orr and Zaki Kanaan.

“Young dentists are more ambitious than ever, looking to advance their careers through courses and investing in dental products and practices early on. Our goal was to create a website where they can find support from a variety of professional sources,” Patel said.

In addition to its online presence, which includes common social media websites like Facebook, Dental Circle has recently begun organising roadshow events that give members and other professionals the opportunity to network with prominent experts, as well as to try out the latest technologies and tools. Three of these events, intended to cover clinical topics ranging from short-term orthodontics to posterior direct restorations, are scheduled for later this year in London, Leeds and Manchester.

“The Dental Circle Roadshow events are a new concept, aimed at young dentists, helping to build foundations, but also advance current techniques,” said Dev Patel.

Registrations for each of the one-day events, which are worth 7 hours of continuing professional development, are still being accepted. Professionals interested in attending the workshops are invited to register at dentalcircle.com/roadshow.

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