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What Happens in a Peer Circle?

Peer Circles are group discussions of 8 – 10 RDHs led by an RDH facilitator. The groups discuss scenarios that RDHs may face in practice, and they find ways to address the scenario together.

Case scenarios are written and reviewed by RDHs from across Ontario, working in diverse areas of practice and with different levels of experience. Cases centre around issues that are common in a variety of practice settings, such as:

  • Communication
  • Ethical decision making
  • Professional boundaries
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Fraud
  • Informed consent
  • Process of care

Here’s what some attendees had to say about their experience at the optional Peer Circle events this spring:

“Finally a safe space where we can discuss common topics and issues and not be judged or have fear of getting in trouble for not knowing something. Would do this every year!”

“Meeting and collaborating with my peers, discussing relevant cases in day to day dental hygiene practice is beneficial to my learning style. I am the only RDH in the practice I work so this helps to maintain professional relationships.”

“This was a most engaging session that really helped re-energize my resolve to continually improve my practice standards. This was a far better method of learning than simply working on a portfolio in solitude.”

“I realize that we have all been missing gathering together and discussing our practice and work place situations. This actually made me want to be a better hygienist and I felt safe to ask questions and clarify many things!”