Article Review: The bridge between dentistry and the law

Article Review: The bridge between dentistry and the law

Headline: 
Introduces what a dentolegal advisor (DLA)  is, what it takes to become one, why you should do it and what to expect from the role.

Summary:
  1. A dentolegal advisor helps dentists with complaints, regulatory, legal and ethical issues.
  2. Rather than a dentist face the legal profession alone, the DLA acts as a go-between.
  3. The DLAs in the article were all former practicing dentists with long and established careers in the industry.
  4. The common theme as to why they chose to become DLAs was exposure to the wider issues facing dentists and an inspiration to help.
  5. There is structured training to become an advisor, on the job experience and as within the industry a drive for continuous learning through CPD.
  6. All respondents within the article voiced the same reason for choosing to become a DLA: wanting to help other dentists at a time when they need it the most.
  7. There was general agreement that having been a practicing dentist helped with genuine empathy towards those they are seeking to help.
  8. Given the case-based function of the role, no two days are the same and there was genuine pride and community in helping dentists - particularly when they are going ‘through the stress’ of a case.
Read the article in full here