ALPHA OMEGA COFFEE BREAK WITH DR MERVYN DRUIAN

23/10/2020

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE DENTISTRY?

As a kid, one the highlights of my school holidays was visiting the Dentist, who was known to everyone as Uncle George. (He qualified in the 1920’s. ) It was a real treat: he was jovial, easy-going and really happy in his job… and I thought, that’s what I want to do!

WHAT EXCITES YOU MOST ABOUT THE BUSINESS/PRACTICE OF DENTISTRY?

I absolutely love working with my team. If the team are happy, the patients are happy too. That way there is a constant can-do attitude and a positivity that reverberates throughout whatever the day throws up.

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR CULTURE FIX…. HOW DO YOU UNWIND? BOOKS: WHAT ARE YOU READING NOW; FAVOURITE TV OR NETFLIX PROGRAMME?

To unwind, I love going to my shul , sitting quietly and enjoying the service.

I have just finished reading Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times by Jonathan Sacks. An inspirational slow read which was so enjoyable. I have just started Daniel Finkelstein ‘Everything in Moderation’ some of his best columns for The Times.

I love anything funny or satirical for instance Buddy Hackett… hilarious and studies in politics.

Get yourself a mentor… learn from their mistakes instead of making your own!

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER AN UPCOMING DENTAL STUDENT?  AND WHY JOIN AO?

The most important thing is you have to like people! The skills can be learnt.

Alpha Omega offers an opportunity for altruism ( It is a charity) and to take advantage of the  social  scene with other dentists as well as the  mentoring and educational aspects which are so important these days

HOW DO YOU SEE DENTISTRY IN 5 OR 10 YEARS?

I feel it will be pretty similar but with a greater accent on prevention of dental disease. With the current demographics there will be a greater number of older patients who are keeping their teeth and will be a challenge restoratively.

GREATEST CHALLENGE TO DATE

It was definitely when my business partner of 30 years became ill, so as well as the personal sadness of this for a friend I have known most of my working life, I then transitioned from a Practice owner/ partner to associate status.

WORST/MOST EMBARRASSING THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO YOU?

Terribly non PC I’m afraid… I asked a patient when her baby was due and she responded that the baby was already 3 years old…… OOPS!

WHO WAS YOUR MENTOR? AND WHAT WAS THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE RECEIVED?

My mentor was Omer Reed. He was a great American dentist and philosopher. Some of his Omer’isms are very well known.  It was an honour to have known him.

Happiness is a choice. Always remember the good places when things go wrong.

Worry is interest you pay on a debt you don’t owe.

FUNNIEST THING THAT HAPPENED TO YOU IN A DENTAL SURGERY?

As a newly qualified dentist, I fitted a partial upper denture. When the patient went to a restaurant, the patient sneezed just as the maître D walked past and the denture shot out of her mouth and landed near him. When she related this to me later, I completely fell apart with hysterical mirth… could barely speak for a while! 

MAIN PIECE OF ADVICE FOR SOMEONE SETTING UP THEIR OWN SURGERY

Get yourself a mentor… learn from their mistakes instead of making your own!

ANY REGRETS?

None whatsoever. I am lucky to be in a profession where we can all control our own destiny.

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