06 Dec 2023

Dr Fatma Banday graduates with merit the “Master of Science Specialist Practise of Pulpal Therapy and Endodontics”

Dental Tribune Middle East and Africa interviewed Dr. Fatma Banday, a General Dentist who previously lived and worked in Karachi, Pakistan. Dr. Fatma recently obtained, with merit, a Master's degree from the University of Bolton. This accomplishment was achieved through an Approved Prior Learning (APL) process via the Centre for Advanced Professional Practices (CAPP) and City of London Dental School (CoLDS). Dr. Fatma has now moved on to pursue another Master's in Periodontics at Rutgers.
Dr Fatma Banday graduates with merit the “Master of Science Specialist Practise of Pulpal Therapy and Endodontics”

Photo: Dr. Fatma Banday, together with faculty lead Prof. James Prichard, at one of the modules of the Clinical Endodontics Professional Training Programme at the CAPP Training Institute in Dubai, UAE.

It is a pleasure to feature an experienced dentist like yourself in the Dental Tribune Middle East and Africa edition. First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself, your educational background, and your work experience?
I earned my dental degree from Ziauddin University Dental College in Karachi in 2018. Following my graduation, I completed my internship and subsequently joined Banday's Dental Clinic, our family-owned practice, where I devoted two years to enhancing my clinical expertise. During my tenure there, I recognized the importance of continually improving my skills to provide the best care to our patients. That's when I decided to enroll in the Clinical Endodontics Professional Training organized by CAPP, a pivotal decision that greatly enriched my professional journey. CAPP played a significant role in honing my abilities and helping me achieve a higher level of excellence in my practice. This commitment to continuous improvement is something I remain dedicated to as I continue to serve my patients today.

You graduated from the Clinical Endodontics PG Diploma program awarded by the British Academy of Restorative Dentistry (BARD), CAPP-Tipton Dental Academy, and organized by CAPP in Dubai in September 2021. Can you tell us about your experience in the program and what it consisted of? How has the program helped you in your daily clinical life?
My experience with CAPP-Tipton Dental Academy was truly transformative. This program provided me with invaluable knowledge and skills that have had a profound impact on my daily clinical practice. The program was comprehensive, covering a wide range of advanced endodontic techniques, treatment modalities, and the latest advancements in the field. It emphasized hands-on training and case-based learning, enabling me to gain practical experience in challenging clinical scenarios. Additionally, the exposure to renowned experts and specialists in the field was inspiring and expanded my horizons, such as Prof. James Prichard, who is an amazing teacher – both academically and clinically. The knowledge and skills I acquired during the program have significantly enhanced my daily clinical life. I now approach endodontic cases with a more in-depth understanding, enabling me to diagnose and treat patients more effectively and with greater confidence. The techniques and insights I gained have not only improved the quality of care I provide but also allowed me to achieve better patient outcomes.

After completing the Clinical Endodontics  PG  Diploma,  you also  applied  through  the  Approved Prior Learning (APL) process  via  CAPP  and  CoLDS  for  a UK  Master’s  degree.  Recently, you successfully completed the Master of Science in Specialist Practice of Pulpal Therapy and Endodontics with merit, awarded by the University of Bolton. Could  you  share more details on how you achieved this and what your overall experience was? What advice do you have for dentists who wish to follow your steps and achieve this remarkable recognition?
I had the privilege of earning a Master's degree in endodontics, a significant milestone in my career journey, with invaluable guidance and support from the dedicated coordinators at CAPP. They played a pivotal role in connecting me to CoLDS, where I embarked on a transformative educational path. The program was thoughtfully designed with self-paced learning in mind, featuring three comprehensive modules that delved into various aspects of research methodology and article interpretation. With the unwavering assistance of our accomplished tutors and mentors, we successfully navigated through each module, diligently completing the tasks assigned. This rigorous process culminated in the crowning achievement of my academic journey – the completion of my dissertation. In retrospect, this experience was instrumental in refining my research skills, and it deepened my understanding of the endodontic field. It instilled in me the ability to critically evaluate and contribute to the ever-evolving body of dental knowledge. I am immensely grateful for the support I received from CAPP, CoLDS, and my mentors, as they have been instrumental in my professional growth and prepared me to make valuable contributions in my field.

You have lived in various places around the globe, such as UAE, Pakistan, and the USA. What are the similarities and differences in dentistry between the places you have lived in?
Living in various countries, such as the UAE, Pakistan, and the USA, has given me a unique perspective on the field of dentistry. Each place has its own distinct characteristics and nuances when it comes to dental practices. In the UAE, I observed a strong emphasis on state-of-the-art dental technology and a diverse patient population. Dental clinics often incorporated the latest advancements in treatments and equipment to provide high-quality care. There was also a focus on cosmetic dentistry due to the diverse and cosmopolitan nature of the population. In Pakistan, I noticed a deep-rooted tradition of family-owned dental practices. The close-knit relationship between patients and their dentists is a hallmark of the dental landscape. Dental care in Pakistan often centers on affordability and accessibility, making it an area where dental professionals need to be resourceful and versatile in their treatment approaches. The USA, on the other hand, has a robust dental education system and a stringent licensing process, which sets high standards for dental professionals. The emphasis on continuing education and specialization is significant in the United States, resulting in a wide array of dental specialists in various fields. Despite these differences, the underlying similarity in all these places is the dedication of dental professionals to patient care. Regardless of the location, dentists share a commitment to improving oral health, and this common goal transcends borders. My diverse experiences have given me a broader perspective and a deep appreciation for the richness and variety in dental practices around the world, enabling me to adapt and integrate the best practices from each place into my own clinical approach.

Dr. Fatma, what are your hobbies, and what do you like doing in your private time?
In my personal life, I find great joy in spending quality time with my family, fostering strong connections, and making cherished memories together. Outside of work, I am an enthusiast of various sporting activities, with golf being a favorite pastime that allows me to unwind and stay active. Additionally, I have a profound passion for exploring different cultures around the world, and I am always excited to embark on new travel adventures. The opportunity to discover unique customs and traditions is truly enriching. Moreover, I have a deep appreciation for culinary experiences, often indulging in the pleasure of exploring diverse cuisines and discovering new restaurants. This is a special treat that I reserve for weekends, where I can savor delightful flavors and share the experience with friends and loved ones. These activities provide a well-rounded balance in my life, nurturing my love for both adventure and the culinary arts.

It was a real delight to have you with us on the Dental Tribune Middle East and Africa edition. Thank you very much for the informative and interesting interview.

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