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Student bursary awards announced

Association of Dental Groups (ADG), professional body that represents dentistry groups, launches three awards to recognise outstanding students

The awards are open to undergraduates and postgraduates and entries can now be submitted via the ADG website www.dentalgroups.co.uk.

Undergraduates are able to apply for two awards focusing on professionalism and management. There are three prizes of Gold £1,000, Silver £750 and Bronze £250 for both undergraduate awards.

The postgraduate award will be for the development of voluntary health programmes in the UK or abroad, which can demonstrate the capacity to improve and promote better oral health.

David Worskett, ADG chairman said the association was committed to supporting best practice within the dental profession and the new bursaries would allow students to demonstrate their commitment to patients and their ability to manage a successful practice.

He added: ‘One of the ADG’s priorities is to improve overall oral health amongst the public.  As an association, we also feel professionalism and management skills are fundamental to working in a dental practice and are therefore inextricably linked to positive patient outcomes.

‘Therefore these awards have been developed to allow students to demonstrate their desire to improve patient outcomes and to display their entrepreneurial ability and capability to work within a practice environment.

‘The postgraduate award winner will demonstrate all the necessary skill dentists require, from prioritising patient care and promoting good oral health, through to proper business planning.’

Entry to the awards is open until 1 October 2013 and winners will be announced in December.

The ADG represents nine private groups of dental providers, including BUPA, Integrated Dental Holdings and Oasis. Member organisations employ over 3,000 dentists across the UK.

About the awards:

Undergraduate (professionalism)

·         This ADG prize is open to 4th year undergraduate dentistry students

·         3 prizes will be awarded; Gold £1000, Silver £750 and Bronze £250

·         The application must be supported by a reference from a tutor & college

·         The references of the short listed candidates will be contacted prior to the award.

·         The professionalism domain has four major competencies: ethics, professionalism with regard to patients; professionalism with regard to self; professionalism with regard to clinical team and peers. For fuller guidance on professionalism within dentistry visit www.copdend.org.

 

Undergraduate (management)

·         This ADG prize is open to 4th year undergraduate dentistry students

·         3 prizes will be awarded; Gold £1000, Silver £750 and Bronze £250

·         The application must be supported by a reference from a tutor & college

·         The references of the short listed candidates will be contacted prior to the award.

·         The Management and Leadership domain has four major competencies. They are: personal and practice organisation; legislative; financial; and leadership and management. For guidance regarding management and leadership within dentistry visit www.copdend.org .

 

Postgraduate

This ADG prize open to DF1 dentists (including those in 2nd year of GPT ) 2012/2013

·         It will be awarded for voluntary work which is UK or worldwide and linked to improving and promoting better oral health.

·         It can include but is not limited to work with existing charities.

·         Applicants should submit an application form on the ADG website: www.dentalgroups.co.uk

 

The application consists of two parts which include:

Part 1: a brief description of the project covering:

·         What will be done?

·         What it will achieve?

·         Where will the project be undertaken?

Part 2: an outline business plan covering:

·         How will the project be implemented and who else will be involved

·         Timetable

·         Costs

·         How outcomes/success will be measured?

 

A prize of £5,000, together with an appropriate certificate, will be awarded for the best application.

For more information on the awards, the categories, as well as entry details, visit www.dentalgroups.co.uk.

 

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