Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2016;149:429-30

Taking it back

Today, when I attend meetings and speak with colleagues, one topic that often comes up is the character of today’s younger practitioners. Some observations concern competency. I often hear that dental school graduates today seem to come out learning less than what they learned years ago, that these graduates are not as prepared, that their ethical tenor is less than desired, that the degree of “gradeflation” is absurd, and so on. Obviously, this does not apply to most graduates, but it applies to enough to cause concern among many elders in our clan. As I read the case below, I couldn’t help but be brought back to a number of conversations and, if truth be told, to a number of personal encounters and situations that echoed these concerns. I caution all readers that I’m not painting with a broad brush but, rather, expressing concerns espoused by some about a few who unfortunately cause a certain reflection to be cast across many.

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