From left to right: Dr. Esteban Brau, President of the Specialties Committee of the Spanish Dental Association; Dr. Óscar Castro, President of the Spanish Dental Association; Mr. Jorge Sainz, General Director of University Policy from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport; and Dr. José Antonio Zafra, Vice President of the Spanish Dental Association
Madrid, July 2015. The Spanish Dental Association held a meeting with the General Director of University Policy from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, Mr. Jorge Sainz González, to tackle the need for our country to have official dental specialties. Thus, Mr. Sainz was informed that Spain is the only country in the European Union, together with Luxembourg, where there are not officially recognized specialties, which leaves the Spanish professionals in a clear situation of inequality.
The meeting, which took place on June 25, was attended by the following members of the Spanish Dental Association: the President, Dr. Óscar Castro; the Vice President, Dr. José Antonio Zafra; and the President of the Specialties Committee, Dr. Esteban Brau. There they explained that the creation of the official specialties in Spain is an urgent and priority issue for the sector as it would improve the training of professionals in the stomatognathic field, as well as provide higher quality on the patients’ oral health care, and the standardization in the Dentistry postgraduate studies.
Besides the issue of specialties, other subjects were tackled such as the problem with the current professional plethora which is causing a worsening of the practice of Dentistry and, therefore, of the quality of the care provided. The need to establish an effective numerus clausus and to limit the creation of new dental schools were also some of the other issues discussed.