Nationwide clinical skills competition is launched
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to host second annual skills challenge
Following the success of last year’s event, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has launched the second annual nationwide Dental Clinical Skills competition.
The contest pits fellow students against each other in regional heats at dental schools from across the UK this autumn and winter, before a Grand Final in Edinburgh to decide the winner takes place on 10 March.
The final will see the 16 strongest competitors undertake a broad range of clinical procedures with the winner announced at the Grand Final Dinner. As well as prizes being awarded to the winner and runner-ups, all participants of the competition will receive a certificate of participation, as well as a year’s affiliation to the RCSEd’s PreMembership Dental Affiliate Network.
Dean of RCSEd’s Faculty of Dental Surgery, Professor William Saunders, said: “Following on from the great success of last year’s inaugural dental skills competition, we are delighted to once again be working in partnership with DENTSPLY to offer senior dental students a unique occasion to showcase their dental knowledge and skills.
“Feedback from last year’s participants was overwhelmingly positive so we are pleased to be running the competition again for the next generation of aspiring dentists and hope they will find participating in this competition useful and beneficial to their career ambitions.”
University of Sheffield student, Hannah Crane was crowned the inaugural winner of the competition in 2014. She said: “Winning the competition was a fantastic privilege. The whole competition, from the heats to the final, was a wonderful experience which I am certain will benefit me in my future career. Everyone at the final was so lovely and made it a really positive day. It was wonderful to meet students from the other dental schools. I was so delighted to have won.”
Students from Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow dental schools will be up against those from Queen Mary’s in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Kings College in London, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Plymouth, Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Central Lancashire.
Places for the autumn/winter heats are limited and places are allocated on a first-comefirst-served basis. To find out dates and locations of heats and to register to take part, visit www.rcsed.ac.uk