Research is going on at an ever increasing pace, bringing so much new information, advancing our profession almost by the hour. Think of the endless sources of information including; online learning, print journals, electronic versions of journals such as the digital edition of Dental Economics and JADA, research portals such as PubMed, to name only a few. Excellent research is coming from the US, UK, France, Spain, Canada, Sweden, Brazil, Japan, China, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Finland, Poland, Turkey, Israel,.....you get the idea. In my opinion, the difficult thing to do is to assimilate disjointed pieces of information. We all read something in journal A, then sometime later read something else in journal B, see something online, attend a course and so on. Making all these exposures to different information fit into a cohesive, usable story is the challenge, and most importantly, utilizing the info to enhance patient care and/or elevate our understanding of a disesae mechanism or process. So how do we do that? Well, we can read, take notes, write flowcharts or summaries for ourselves or for publication. Sounds tedious, doesn't it? If not, go for it. There is always a need for good communicators to the profession at large. If you are not interested in following that path but still have a passion for keeping current, use one of the available online sources such as WebMD or PerioFrogz. PerioFrogz provides summaries of recent, impactful medical and dental journal articles in a short, easy to read format. Also provided are key take-aways from the articles and implementation strategies to use the info in your practice. Check it out at www.periofrogz.com. Whichever way you prefer, don't let the rapid pace of change pass by. Keep up.
As always, any and all feedback is welcome.
Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS
Every patient, every time, any level of perio disease.