Course organiser: Mr Malcolm Cameron, Chairman & OMFS Consultant, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The Royal College representative: Professor Elizabeth Davenport, Professor of Dental Education, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
The Faculty of Dental Surgery was pleased to support and present the winners of four categories with their certificates at the annual Junior Papers Day as part of Health Education England working across the east of England’s Regional Study Programme in July 2015. The British Racing School in Newmarket, Suffolk provided a wonderful environment for learning from and catching up with old and new friends.
All the dental core trainees in the region are expected to undertake a project and then present as an Audit, Research Study or Case Presentation. This year’s hugely successful competitive programme included 13 audits and 14 research or case presentations either as an oral presentation or in poster format. These provided for some lively debate amongst the audience who included trainers and associate specialists responsible for the trainees.
The trainees demonstrated a wide range of clinical experience which on the whole was well presented with confidence in the knowledge gained during the year making the judging difficult but enjoyable. Topics presented ranged from audits related to referrals through the NHS triage system, success of surgical exposure of ectopic canines to surgical management of orbital wall fractures and the introduction of a modified WHO checklist for OMFS OPD. Whereas case presentations included multidisciplinary team management of oligodontia, Rosai Dorfman disease or sinus histiocytosis with massive lymphadenopathy, orbital reconstruction using PEEK patient specific implant, mandibular asymmetry and diagnosis of fibrous dysplasia in an autistic child.
Professor Elizabeth Davenport (Hon Secretary, Faculty of Dental Surgery Council) represented the Faculty, and gave a short presentation about the work of the College and the most likely ways forward for the trainees in terms of fulfilling their career pathways before presenting the prize certificates and vouchers. In conversation with the trainees and trainers, it was very evident that many of the trainees had completed their MFDS and were already considering further training to specialist, consultant or settling into general dental practice knowing that they had achieved a solid grounding in terms of evidence based dentistry through this excellent study programme. The organisers should be congratulated and the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh are very pleased to continue to support this programme.
Emerita Professor Elizabeth S Davenport
Hon Secretary RCSEd Faculty of Dental Surgery