Article Review: The bridge between dentistry and the law
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.
- A dentolegal advisor helps dentists with complaints, regulatory, legal and ethical issues.
- Rather than a dentist face the legal profession alone, the DLA acts as a go-between.
- The DLAs in the article were all former practicing dentists with long and established careers in the industry.
- The common theme as to why they chose to become DLAs was exposure to the wider issues facing dentists and an inspiration to help.
- There is structured training to become an advisor, on the job experience and as within the industry a drive for continuous learning through CPD.
- 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.
- There was general agreement that having been a practicing dentist helped with genuine empathy towards those they are seeking to help.
- 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.
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