What Is Young Dentists Worldwide?

Young Dentists Worldwide is getting a new face

 

During the 1991 Annual Congress of the International Association of Dental Students (IADS) held in Portugal, a workshop was created and attended by about 15 eager and freshly graduated dentists. The fruit of that workshop was YOUNG DENTISTS WORLDWIDE (YDW).

At the 82nd FDI World Dental Congress in Vancouver, Canada, October 1994, the YDW became a section of the FDI. This gave the organization the necessary boost to be able to promote itself and expand. At the 90 th FDI World Dental Congress in Vienna Austria the YDW became an affiliate member of the FDI.

Nowadays, YDW is recognized as the official world organization representing young dentists with about 350 supporting and corresponding members hailing from over 40 different countries all over the world…and the number is still growing!

Why was YDW created?

The dental world boasts of two well-established organizations - IADS and FDI. As their name implies, IADS is devoted to the dental student while FDI is devoted to the dentist. Both organizations have been in existence for a number of years now. However, there seems to be a gap between the two organizations. This is only logical… The resulting effect is that certain IADS members would tend to lose that momentum gathered whilst participating in their organization's activities causing them to drop out of any form of international activity…. The dental world needs YDW…We are the essential link to bridge the gap between student life and FDI. Our organization has managed to capture the best of both worlds! The mentality of a freshly graduated is not much different from that of a dental student…. One does not change overnight.

Whenever there is a YDW activity one can expect the freshness so characteristic of a university student coupled with the responsibility and seriousness of a professional.

The main aim of YDW is to promote the needs and interests of young dentists of the world.
Which means more exactly to promote
Scientific programs specifically designed in the interests of the young dentists
Supporting young dental scientists
Voluntary work programs within the framework of the World Health Organization - WHO (and also in cooperation with IADS)
Liaison with national and international bodies
Exchange programs with scientific and cultural activities
A standardized dental education including postgraduate education and specialization

Co-operation with other organisations

YDW is still growing. We are cooperating with our sister organization, IADS, not only because today's students are tomorrow's professionals but also because a close affiliation can help both the YDW and the IADS to move forwards together to achieve our respective goals which in reality are very similar. In the last 12 years we established a lot of new contacts and a lot of new national organisations for young dentists were founded with our help and support.

 Though YDW is an offshoot of the IADS, it is very much dependant on the FDI of which it is a affiliate member. A further plus is that YDW organises social events for young dentists at FDI congresses!

 Though still a very young organization, YDW has many ambitious projects prepared for the future. These will be publicized on the YDW Internet site.

Philosophy

Young spirit, passion and enthusiasm, temper and combativeness combined with the professional approach to dental reality with following aims to promote:

  • To bring the communities of young dentists together
  • To promote the needs and interests of young dentists of the world.
  • Promotion of Scientific programs specifically designed in the interests of the young dentists
  • Support young dental scientists
  • Voluntary work programs - to establish voluntary network for dentists
  • Liaison with national and international bodies
  • Exchange programs with scientific and cultural activities
  • A standardized dental education including postgraduate education and specialization

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