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First-Ever Dental Skills Competition Reflects Rise of Females in Dentistry

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05 Mar 2014

An interactive, first-of-its-kind dental skills competition organised by Britain’s oldest surgical Royal College has a whopping 72% female finalists converging from all around the UK.

The event, taking place this Thursday 6 March, will see a group of elite dental students from all corners of Britain competing in a series of challenges to test their abilities. After a series of regional heats, the exciting finale will take place at the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the 500+ year old Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (www.rcsed.ac.uk), which has also recorded a growing new female membership over its long history.

It has been estimated that over half of all UK dentists in 2020 will be women* – and the RCSEd; which later this month opens its first centre of operations in Birmingham to cater for the 80% of its membership based in England and Wales; is already ahead of the curve with 45% of its own dental Faculty being female.

The groundbreaking competition; sponsored by dental products giant Dentsply (www.dentsply.co.uk); will see students from Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham, Glasgow, Sheffield and other areas face a number of intense challenges over two and a half hours.  

The winner will be awarded an all-expense paid trip to the Chicago Dental Society’s Midwinter Meeting, there will be runner-up prizes and all participants will receive a year’s Affiliation with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

According to Dean of the RCSEd’s Faculty of Dental Surgery Richard Ibbetson;

“We are dedicated to providing the widest and most comprehensive training opportunities for aspiring dentists – so we are delighted to hold this exciting UK-wide competition offering the next generation of dentists a chance to showcase their knowledge and skills.”



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