Misinformation on Professor Randy Resnik Clarified Here (03-30-2023)
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It is great pride that I address you today in support of my friend and colleague Randy Resnik. I am truly troubled by the recent public statement that Dr. Craig Misch made about Randy and the accusatory charges that he decided to put out for all to hear, but not for Randy to rebut or even have the chance to challenge. Carl and Randy have served as my mentors over the past 23 years and over that timeframe, I have been immersed in expanding my understanding of the field of implant surgery and the restorative aspects of implantology. The Misch Institute provided me with the foundational tools that I use daily in my surgical practice and only through the tireless efforts of Carl and Randy have I developed an organized approach to planning and executing the delicate steps required for successful care of my patients.
I studied the field of implant surgery long before I met Carl and Randy, but only through their structured program was I able to successfully implement the level of clinical care needed for predictable results in this challenging field of Implantology. While Carl led the didactic portion of the program, Randy singlehandedly directed the “hands-on” education that provided students at the Institute the one-on-one instruction that ultimately led to confident and competent clinicians. This process required endless hours of work on both of their parts, and they always stood by each other, without question. I watched Randy’s role change as Carl’s illness progressed and, in the end, Randy was the driving force that saved the Misch Institute from becoming obsolete. Since the time of Carl’s death, Randy has devoted his full attention and time to expanding the quality of the Institute and the program has flourished. It is interesting to note that I never met Dr. Craig Misch while serving as a surgical faculty member of the Misch Institute for 23 years. That should point out the discrepancy in who was truly there for Carl, the Institute, and in the end, the students of the Misch Institute.
I have always taken great pride being a member of the Misch Team and I have never been ashamed of the actions or character of any of our team members or the Misch family. Unfortunately, the day has come for me to regret the actions of not only an experienced surgeon, but more importantly the “brother” of Carl Misch, who has made a spectacle of himself.
I ponder, what could have prompted Craig Misch to outwardly question the one person who stood by Carl and the Misch Institute through thick and thin and in the end, has kept vision of Dr. Carl Misch alive and healthy. It couldn’t have been because Randy has let the curriculum deteriorate, or that he has been neglectful in his dedication to providing optimal educational experiences to Misch graduates. It couldn’t have been because
Randy hasn’t improved the content and quality of the evidence-based curriculum that he has tirelessly developed since we lost Carl. I have concluded that his outcry came from the realization that the “family” simply lost control of the “Institute” when no one from the family was willing to step forward and participate in the arduous process that has been required to keep the Institute alive and make it what it is today. It all come too easily when Carl was there to take care of the whole family, but when he was gone, no one stepped up to take the rein.
As a Diplomate of the ICOI and a Diplomate of the ABOI, I have always trusted that the Board of Directors andparticularly the “Editor of the Journal” would fulfill their role in a respectable and professional manner. The Editor of any professional organization represents “All of the Members” of the organization and therefore does not have the luxury of using his role as editor to denigrate a colleague or to demean the general dental members of the ICOI. I have always felt that the role of the dental specialist is to serve as a teacher and facilitator in dental education and I feel our role ultimately is to help promote the “elevation of knowledge” in the general dental community. I would hope that Dr. Craig Misch would re-evaluate his feelings in respect to the ability of the general dentist to participate in the field of implantology. I would hope that he would redirect this frustration into a dedication to raising the bar in the field of implantology and supporting the entire dental community.
I have decided that I can no longer support the ICOI and its failure to remedy the egregious behavior of its editor. I will be submitting my resignation immediately and I would encourage all other ICOI members to follow suit if this has insulted them as much as it has me and my principles.
C. Stephen Caldwell, DDS, FACD
**C. Stephen Caldwell, D.D.S., F.A.C.D.
Dr. Caldwell is practicing periodontist with extensive experience in surgically focused care of patients with complex restorative and implant-based treatment plans. Dr. Caldwell has published numerous articles and portions of two textbooks related to bone regeneration in compromised implant cases. Dr. Caldwell is a Diplomate of the American Board of Implantology/Restorative Dentistry and a Diplomate of the International College of Oral Implantology. Dr. Caldwell’s contributions to the field of Dentistry were recognized by his peers when he was selected by the Texas Academy of General Dentistry as the “Texas Dentist of the Year” in 2010. He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists.