An award created by a professor at the Peninsula Dental School in memory of her mother was recently awarded to second-year dental students for contributions to the community.
The Rayna DiModica Contribution to Society Award is the brainchild of Tracy De Peralta, Associate Professor of Clinical Dentistry at the Peninsula Dental School.
The award was for second-year community-based Special Study Units (SSU) and was presented to the group who best demonstrated they have understood the issues and factors that effect and influence the health and well-being of the community group with which they have worked.
Members of the winning group were presented with a plaque, and the group awarded £100 to give to the organisation of their choice.
The group to win the first Rayna DiModica Contribution to Society Award completed an SSU on oral health and the elderly.
The group worked alongside Plymouth Age Concern and the Elder Tree Support and Befriending Service to deliver high quality dental care and support to older people in Plymouth.
By listening to the users of each organisation the students were able to question their perceptions of what older patients need from dental care and so adapt the care, treatment and support they provided to their older patients.
The SSU took place in the community, at Plymouth Age Concern and the Elder Tree Support and Befriending Service and at the Peninsula Dental School’s Dental Education Facility in Devonport.
The winning group of dental students, included Milin Damani, Harbinder Dewgun, Davinder Dhanjal, Ann Duro, Hardeep Sidhu, Carianne Stokes and Narinderjeet Thanjal, and were presented the £100 donation to the Elder Tree Support and Befriending Service.