Why join BSOI ?
Beyond the obvious listed member benefits you will be joining an organisation at the forefront of dental implantology.
|Marketing and Public Relations. Public and Professional awareness of implant dentistry has soared in the last five years and yet confusion abounds. The structured membership of BSOI will add clarity to an otherwise confusing arena. Media releases recognising new BSOI members will increase both public and professional awareness of Implant Dentistry.|
|Reduced cost of BSOI publications - to include patient information brochures, professional guidelines and instructional DVDs.|
|Friendly, informative regional 'Study Club' evenings where you can bring along your cases and discuss them with your peers. Study clubs will be guided by Practitioners with at least five years experience in Implantology and will be patient/practitioner rather than company driven.|
|Regional listing for patient referral; enquiries to the BSOI office will be directed to the nearest member based on patient practitioner postcode.|
|Complimentary inclusion on website; members of the public will be able to contact BSOI members directly using information available on the BSOI website.|
|Downloadable on-line calendar of implant meetings and courses; with so many courses available BSOI members will be able to see at a glance which course they want to attend based on online information.|
|Complimentary issues of BSOI Newsletter keeping members up to date with what is going on within the Society and the Dental Implant world at large.|
|Complimentary Subscription to European Journal Of Oral Implantology. The official publication of the BSOI.(not included in Student, Technician, Nurse and DCP membership).
|Certificate of membership.|
|Up-to-date news and information on new products as submitted by leading implant companies.|
BSOI is designed to facilitate the implementation of implant treatment in your practice and to help further your education and achievements in this exciting field
What is the cost of membership?
Annual membership cost is £195.00. On first application for Fellow or Diplomate level an additional fee of £85.00 is payable to cover administrative costs in assessing case submissions. If the case submissions are successful the candiate may be invited for interview at a cost of £395 for Fellowship or if applying for immediate Diplomate status. A discount of 10% is available for practitioners enrolled on any course leading to a registrable professional qualification in implant dentistry with the GDC. ADI members are also entitiled to a 10% discount on the standard membershipfee. Student membership is available to undergraduates at a cost of £55.00 per year. Dental Technician, Nurse and DCP membership is also available for an annual subscription of £55.00.
What are the membership levels?
Membership is available at Member, Fellow, Diplomate, Academic, Consulting, Company and Honorary Life levels. See the membership criteria page of this website for details.
Why so many membership levels?
There have been many calls from both the profession and the public to introduce a degree of transparency and clarity with regard to practitioners qualifications and experience in this field. In a recent interview a prominent figure in the field of implant dentistry stated "the public don't know who to trust".The structure of BSOI is designed to introduce this clarity and furthermore to give practitioners something to aim for.
What is the system for assessing members?
The criteria to be met for the different membership levels are clearly detailed on the membership criteria page. When an applicant submits the required material it will be scrutinised by three members at the consulting level of the Society (i.e. members who are involved in university based education of students in implant dentistry and who hold a registrable qualification in implant dentistry with the GDC). If there is concern among the three consulting members as to the validity of the application then the advisory panel will be approached for guidance. Upon successful submission of cases, candidates will be invited for interview for the levels of Fellow and above.One of the very unique aspects of BSOI is the requirement that GDC registrable qualifications are required for certain levels of membership.
Is BSOI a non-profit making organisation?
Yes, BSOI is non-profit making. Surplus funds will be used to fund undergraduate and postgraduate education in implant dentistry.
How will educational funding be assigned?
Dental schools will be invited to submit potential implant based projects for consideration for funding. The BSOI advisory panel will assess projects.
What is the BSOI advisory panel?
The panel is made up from leaders in the fields of dental education and implantology in both the primary and secondary care sectors. The role of the panel is to oversee BSOI progress and policies and to guide the Society on matters of education and membership.
How is the advisory panel selected?
Members of the initial advisory panel have accepted an invitation from the founder and director of the Society, Dr. Ken Nicholson, and the President of the Society, Professor St John Crean.
Will there be any form of education available for members?
BSOI plans to run an annual conference with speakers drawn internationally. The association of BSOI with ICOI will ensure that the education available to members is of the highest calibre. As the Societys online library grows the BSOI website will be a focus for further education in this field.
Is the BSOI linked with any implant system or manufacturer?
No. The Society is totally independent of all implant companies and as such will offer impartial unbiased advice to members.
How often will members meet?
Regional study clubs will be held throughout the UK and Ireland four times per year. The study clubs will give practitioners the opportunity to bring along radiographs and study models of cases to discuss with their peers. Occasionally speakers will be invited to present lectures at the study clubs. Study clubs will be facilitated by practitioners with at least five years experience in implant dentistry. If you would be interested in joining the expanding network of study club facilitators please let us know.