I understand that those times were when you exercised this function.
That is right. During my term of office we came to a conclusion, that in the future it would be good to separate these duties. Now treasurer is responsible for contributory matters, budget and financial management planning, what were not there before.
And now, being president-elect, what are you engaged in?
I have to sincerely admit, that I have less work than before, when I was secretary (smile).
So is it a form of reward, solace for early increased job?
If I did not have earlier experience of the Executive Board as secretary, I would certainly have to devote more time to prepare to serve president-elect function, and then of ERO president. In a sense I feel reprieved right now, when it comes to load, what does not mean, that I have nothing to do (smile). We try to be evenly work loaded, we deal with all things related, for example, with the meetings. ERO has two plenary sessions: at spring and autumn around FDI congress, but between those sessions there are meetings of working groups. Each Executive Board member coordinate at least one group and supervises its work, meetings organization, collection of materials, stance preparations. It can be determined via current work.
Are you also a leader of some workgroup?
Not right now. Earlier I was a chairwoman of workgroup “Parity”. I took it up after my Slovakia colleague, Simon Dianiskova. This group has been working for a couple years, analyzing the terms and conditions of dentist executing theirs profession and diferences in dental care systems between countries of eastern and western Europe. In some people from Western Europe persist the stereotypical notion of the East. The principal intention of workgroup “Parity” was to show up, that this is a history and currently there is really no difference. In the studies of surveys we presented how does look the level of education, the practices organization. The workgroup members completed this task, indicated that, in principle in Europe, such differences almost does not exist, especially after the European Union extension. For sure in the past the differences were apparent – mainly between the UE countries and the others. Nowadays it can be even indicated that we surpass the West in some ways. After completing the task of the group for equality, I was the initiator of the creation of a new team and so was established Working Group for the relationship between doctor practices and universities, which after entering to the Executive Board as a general secretary, I forwarded it to the professor Nermin Yamalik.
I am glad, that you are saying that, because we can be proud from polish stomatology. Do you agree with this ascertainment?
I am proud of Polish dentistry and I think that we all can be proud. Absolutely we should not have any complexes. Our clinics, in terms of organization or equipment, do not differ from western standards. They were often newly founded, what makes them even more modern than clinics in the other parts of Europe.
And how does look a dentists education in Poland?
I think that when it comes to the level of education, the Polish dentists can be proud of their education. It is known that there will always be some differences depending on whether someone later in the work environment is more or less active in the field of vocational training, or whether they held specialized training, etc. We are now seeing a trend, not only European but also global, on “making more medical” dentistry – we had it in Poland for a long time and we must defend it. During the Polish pre-accession negotiations, from the Union experts side showed up the allegation that we have too much “medical” dentistry studies, and thus the dentists training in Poland does not comply the EU law. Now it can be said that basically our training system was the one to which Europe is currently seeking, recognizing dentistry not for a craft, but as an inherent part of the medicine. Dentistry should be more medical – the general medical, internal medicine, dermatological knowledge is needed for any dentistry surgeon in practice – it is because the doctor is GP and has the ability to discern the symptoms of various diseases. Of course, in this case this is not the task of the dental treatment, but it should indicated to the patient and they should be refered to the appropriate doctor.