Dentists now accepted into BCAM

02 Jan 2018

The British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM) has opened its doors to allow dentists to become members of its association.

Since its inception in 2000, BCAM has only allowed aesthetic doctors to join its association to become associates or full members. 

However, according to BCAM, allowing dentists to join will be a huge benefit to the association, because it will widen its expert base and provide new and different experiences for members to learn from. 

Dentists who are new to aesthetics will enter through the new BCAM Academy, while those who can display previous experience will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and may enter as an associate. 

After two years, associates may then be considered to become a full member. BCAM president, Dr Paul Charlson said, “I am absolutely delighted that BCAM is now an organisation for doctors and dentists. I think it’s important to include dentists because they currently don’t have a body to represent them in aesthetics. Also, there is a huge number of dentists practising out there so it’s a good opportunity for them to really work with us and increase their skills and knowledge.”

He continued, “From our point of view, as an organisation, it will strengthen our association, not just in terms of numbers but also in expertise. It gives us another way of looking at how we do things because dentists are a great asset to aesthetics.” BCAM is encouraging all new members to join them at the BCAM 2018 Conference, which will be held on September 22 at the Church House Conference Centre in Westminster, London.

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  • Mr Ricardo Rossetti 04 Jan 2018 / 10:24 AM

    I like a medical doctor ,dermatologist, not agree with this new situation.

  • Dr Niro Sivathasan 04 Jan 2018 / 3:47 PM

    A lot of medical practitioners (i.e. physicians and surgeons) agree with you, Ricardo Rossetti. In fact, a lot of people on on-line fora, have been quite vocal about their disapproval of BCAM's overall direction, particularly with this matter.

    Re. the comment that dentists don't have a body that represents their aesthetic interests, I wonder if any of the following do this?: BACDP (British Association of Cosmetic Dental Professionals), BAAD (British Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry), and BACD (British Academy of Cosmetic Dentists).

  • Dr R. Boss 05 Jan 2018 / 9:21 PM

    Dentists are perfectionists - an excellent concept regarding facial aesthetics.

    In many countries, dental surgeons graduate after attending histology, pathology, chemistry, anatomy and many other classes alongside with medicine students. Furthermore, many dentists already graduate as surgeons, since many surgery levels are embedded in their graduation courses, hence the Surgeon title in their diploma.

    After five to six years dentists dedicate mostly to splanchnocranium anatomy and procedures, allied with surgery knowledge in the same area, it is acceptable that a few other professionals will feel threatened. Dentists also deal daily with craniofacial growth, bone and muscular anatomy, anesthesiology (troncular, facial - injection-wise).

    Thank you for the altruistic decision!

  • Dr Andrea Novaes 21 Aug 2018 / 3:05 PM

    Congratulations to the Academy on this resolution.

    Evolution has to come out of the few hands. The important thing is to train and work together!