Oral surgery prize for Aberdeen student

30 January, 2017 / infocus

An Aberdeen Dental School student has been recognised with an award at a meeting of the British Society for Oral Medicine (BSOM).

Fourth-year student Caoimhin O’Higgins presented his work at the BSOM winter meeting in London on descending necrotising mediastinitis, a rare but sometimes fatal sequela  of odontogenicinfection. Caoimhin said: “The aim of my study was to perform a systematic review of reported cases to determine most common sources of infections and whether or not the source of the infection could predict the outcome for the patient. The study found that posterior mandibular teeth are most commonly implicated as the origin of these infections, mostly due to dental neglect.”

He continued: “It’s a big accolade personally and I’m delighted. Due to the high number of really talented dental graduates that UK schools are producing and the competitive nature of the jobs market, I’m really trying to gather up experiences that will differentiate me from other applicants.

“I’m very proud that I was able to represent Aberdeen Dental School on a national stage.”

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