PHOENIX, Ariz., US: The 2022 annual meeting of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE22), which is taking place from 27 to 30 April, is set to offer something for everyone with an interest in endodontics. Being held in the thriving metropolis of Phoenix, AAE22 features a plethora of educational and networking opportunities with peers, mentors and experts in the field. Those who cannot make it to Phoenix will still be able to participate virtually via the livestreaming of certain sessions. Ahead of the event, Dental Tribune International (DTI) spoke to one of the speakers about his expectations for AAE22.
Dr Ove A. Peters is a professor of endodontics at the University of Queensland’s School of Dentistry and will be a speaker at the Ethical considerations in endodontics session at 10:15–11:45 a.m. PST on Friday, 29 April.
As a practising endodontist with more than three decades of experience, Prof. Peters believes that “ethics comes into play in many different ways” during the course of endodontic work.
“There are value judgements that require ethical decision-making every day in endodontics,” he told DTI.
“Examples include decisions about dealing with unrealistic patient expectations and demands, about dealing with issues in the referral progress, like the undisclosed presence of a fractured instrument, and about informed consent versus paternalistic explanations, to name a few,” Prof. Peters added.
According to the professor, attendees of this session will hear about practical examples and clinical cases that reflect and represent common ethical issues in everyday practice. These will be considered in the context of the American Dental Association’s code of ethics and its five main principles: patient autonomy, beneficence, justice, veracity and non-maleficence.
Prof. Peters hopes that participants in the session will take away “the sense that we must use not only the legal yardstick of what is outright malpractice, but also aspire to consider what is most ethical in daily practice”.
For fast and easy registration for AAE22, visit the event website.