Dental students from around the UK and Ireland are currently battling it out for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd)’s Faculty of Dental Surgery, sponsored by Dentsply Sirona, clinical skills competition.
The Dental Clinical Skills Competition aims to find the most skilled final-year undergraduate dentist from all over the UK and Ireland. Students are challenged to use their skills against each other in 18 heats. The winner of each heat will win a travel and accommodation package to compete in the grand final at the RCSEd on 28 February 2019.
The RCSEd’s hope is for the competition to complement the skills picked up whilst at university and foster self-improvement in postgraduate dentistry.
Professor Fraser McDonald, dean of the RCSEd’s Faculty of Dental Surgery, commented: ‘This is a unique competition for aspiring young dentists to attempt practical evaluation in areas not often assessed in their normal environment. It allows access to the ambience of the Royal College and its distinctive backdrop and buildings, and friendships forged in this arena are lifelong.’
Mr Brian Nattress, member of the RCSEd’s Dental Council and senior lecturer in restorative dentistry at the Leeds Dental Institute believes: ‘The clinical skills competition really captures the students’ enthusiasm and drive, challenging a range of key clinical dental skills – it’s the dental schools’ equivalent of The Great British Bake Off! There’s a real sense of excitement at the regional heats and a great atmosphere watching the students compete against each other.’
‘Honoured and delighted’
Speaking of Dentsply Sirona’s sponsorship of the competition, which is now in its fifth year, Gerry Campbell, vice president and general manager of Dentsply Sirona UK, said: ‘We are honoured and delighted to continue our partnership with The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to celebrate the talented dental clinicians of tomorrow. This competition continues to bring the best out of students. Through our continued commitment to providing innovative solutions for better, faster, safer dentistry and our expansive education programme, it is our desire and privilege to support dental professionals throughout their career.’
The prizes that have been provided by Dentsply Sirona, include a travel and accommodation package to the Chicago Dental Society Conference as well as a digital SLR camera for the winner. The runner up will be invited to the Dentsply Sirona endodontic facility in Switzerland.
The Dental Clinical Skills Competition final will take place on Thursday 28 February at the Royal College in Edinburgh. The evening will include a dinner at the college followed by presentations for the winner and two runners-up. All participants in the competition will receive a certificate of participation and two years’ affiliation to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
To find out more about the Dental Skills Competition and keep track of heat winners as they are announced, go to www.rcsed.ac.uk/dentalskillscomp or you can either follow the RCSEd Faculty of Dental Surgery on social media via @RCSEdFDS or Dentsply Sirona @dentsplysirona.uk and #dentalskillscomp.
For more information on Dentsply Sirona Academy and to access a range of education resources, video tutorials, courses and CPD webinars go to dentsplysirona.com/ukeducation.