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Dental Winner Crowned

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07 Mar 2014

A student dentist from the University of Sheffield has been crowned winner after an intense national dental skills competition organised by Britain’s oldest surgical Royal College. The first-of-its-kind event, which took place at the 500+ year-old Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), saw a group of elite dental students from all corners of Britain competing in a series of tasks to test their abilities.

With 72% of the finalists being women, the competition reflected the impressive rise in female dentists in Britain.  It is estimated that, by 2020, over half of all UK dentists in 2020 will be women*, and the RCSEd’s own Dental Faculty is already 45% female.

After a series of regional heats, the groundbreaking competition; sponsored by the international dental products giant DENTSPLY; saw the students face a number of complex challenges. These included suturing, building a fractured tooth, root canal treatment, and even tests on their communication skills with patients. 

Hampshire-native 24-year-old Hannah Crane was awarded the coveted prize of an all-expense paid trip to the Chicago Dental Society’s Midwinter Meeting, along with a year’s Affiliation with The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. She is delighted to be the first-ever winner of the competition.

Commenting on winning the UK Dental Clinical Skills Competition, Hannah said:

“I’m really excited to have won the competition - it’s a fantastic privilege. I really enjoyed competing in the final and, overall, the competition has been a really good experience. 

“It’s been great to affiliate with The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh as it’s given me opportunity to learn about postgraduate examinations early on - I definitely want to do a postgraduate examination when I finish my course, so I’m starting to think about that now, so it’s been very beneficial to speak with Fellows from the RCSEd Dental Faculty.

“The whole competition, from the heats to the final, has been a wonderful experience.  Everyone’s been really, really friendly. I met the competition convenor Dr Nattress at the heats and he and everyone at the College has been so lovely and made it a really positive day and good experience. It’s been wonderful to meet students from the other dental schools. I’ve heard the Chicago Conference is really interesting so I’m very excited to be going and looking forward to it. I’m so delighted to have won, it’s a wonderful feeling!”


Second place was awarded to Lloyd Bovensiepen from Newcastle University and third place awarded to Manas Hamal from Cardiff University.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is one of the world’s oldest surgical corporations, boasting 22,000 members across 100 countries. Later this month, it will open its first centre of operations in Birmingham to cater for the 80% of its membership based in England and Wales. 

Richard Ibbetson, Dean of the RCSEd’s Faculty of Dental Surgery, says:

At the Faculty of Dental Surgery we are dedicated to providing comprehensive educational and assessment opportunities to support all men and women who have chosen the rewarding and competitive career of dentistry. We were delighted to have held this exciting UK-wide competition offering the next generation of dentists a chance to showcase their knowledge and skills. Hannah demonstrated extraordinary talent, as did all our finalists – their emerging talent will be a credit to the profession.”

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* http://www.dental-tribune.com/articles/news/uk/15099_number_of_female_dentists_increases.html

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