‘‘ The future of Orthodontics in the Mediterranean Area’’ Country: CYPRUS Association: COS CYPRUS ORTHODONTIC SOCIETY
President: ABRAHAM KYRIAKIDES 19 Nafpliou Lemesos avisonia @ cytanet.com.cy Vice President: Christodoulos Laspos Ag. Filaxeos Lemesos [email_address] Secretary-General : Allamenos Christodoulos allamenos@ cytanet.com.cy Treasurer: G iannos Hatziprokopis [email_address] Member : Axilleos Sotiris [email_address] C.O.S. Board of Directors www.cos.cy
How many orthodontists practice in your country? 36 accredited Orthodontists practice in Cyprus. 24 Male Orthodontists 12 Female Orthodontists
Among the practicing orthodontists, what is the percentage of general dentists, specialists and exclusivists? 93% are exclusivists. However among the 700 general practitioners 5-10% also practise fixed orthodontics and 30-40% of the GP dentists may treat simple malocclusion with removable appliances .
Are they mainly private practitioners, or are they working in public health organizations or in institutions (universities, community clinics…)? <ul><li>100% of the 36 Orthodontists are private practitioners. </li></ul>
What is the need of orthodontic treatment in the country? <ul><li>We have no specific studies for Cyprus. </li></ul><ul><li>We assume that we have the same percentage as </li></ul><ul><li>the Caucasian population that is approximately 65% </li></ul><ul><li>COS is planning to conduct a survey nationwide to </li></ul><ul><li>reveal the orthodontic needs of the country. </li></ul>
What is the average number of patients treated per year? There are no official data. From estimates we anticipate that the average office initiate per year per orthodontist 70-100 patients. However we are working towards population awareness for the orthodontic needs.
How many orthodontists are members of the National Orthodontic Society (in percentage)? In COS are enrolled 94% of the accredited Cyprus orthodontists.
Do you have different levels of membership among the members of your Orthodontic Society? Ordinary Members. All the specialists that they are recognised by the Ministry of Health of Cyprus. Honorary Members. Life Members.
Does your Orthodontic Society publish an official journal? No.
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What is the official training to become an orthodontist in your Country? A three year full time program in Orthodontics according to the Erasmus specifications.
How many official graduate schools are present in your Country? There are no Dental schools. University of Thessalonica Athens University
Do you have a mandatory national program of Continuing Education in Orthodontics in your country? Right now there are no continuing education requirements in Orthodontics and Dentistry.
How is it structured: scientific meetings, on-line courses, scientific articles, …? As a society we organise three seminars per year ( one two day congress and two one day seminars). Usually all of our members attend the seminars. Most of them travel abroad to Greece mainly for seminars and to the EOS and AAO congress. We try also to share knowledge with regional study clubs.
How many orthodontic journals do you have in your country? None Which orthodontic publications are most popular in your country? The AJODO, EJO and recently WJO.
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Do you feel there might be a scope to develop a “orthodontic culture” in the Mediterranean area? Yes, Similar doctors and patients mentality. Not well established specialty dentists feel that we share a common pie. Society need more education .
How could it be achieved? <ul><li>It could be achieved by </li></ul><ul><li>pointing out the problems of each area </li></ul><ul><li>addressing the issues </li></ul><ul><li>meeting, discussing and exchanging ideas </li></ul><ul><li>sharing experiences </li></ul><ul><li>setting goals & uniting our efforts </li></ul>
Could common university training and research programs be developed and shared in the future? Erasmus guidelines are here to stay and I think all universities in our area if the want to serve the specialty should follow them. As country without university we will try to have all our members from that programs. Regarding common research programmes, our members are willing and ready to work in such programmes.
Are there possible strategies to be applied to facilitate such projects that you could suggest? Are there possible limitations you can see in this approach? <ul><li>The main problem is raising funds, especially when we are talking for small countries like Cyprus. </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas and strategies are a big issue which needs a meeting by it self. </li></ul>
Could a common journal, jointly edited by the associations in the area, be of help? It is an idea that should be discussed if we feel that there is a lack of journals. What can be the purpose of such a regional journal in the globalize world especially in the era of electronic explosion.
Should such a journal be more research oriented or have a more clinical target? A combination of both? The journal should have more clinical target and promote the so called Mediterranean culture and publish the research of the area.
Do you feel there still a need for journals to reach a I.F. (Impact Factor)? Is it needed in your country? No, because right now we are covered from the other journals.
Do you think that PIO might help in disseminating and sharing orthodontic knowledge? We are not well aware of PIO so we can not answer.
Cairo is only the starting point we hope that we continue. Thanks to the Italians for the effort that the y invested.