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IMU Dental Conference Brings Together 20 International and Local Speakers

22 Feb 2018

The IMU School of Dentistry celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2017. The 10th Anniversary Scientific Conference ie IMU Dental Conference (IDeC 2017) is one of a number of events organised to commemorate this significant milestone in the School’s history. Though it is a small baby step forward in comparison with a lot of other established dental schools, the School has managed to made significant and substantial contribution in developing and growing the reputation of the School to a standing that is now becoming the aspiration of others. With the theme – “Clinical Dentistry and Dental Education for the 21st Century – Current and Future Status”, this conference offered a unique platform to learn and exchange ideas for dental academicians, dental practitioners, dental postgraduate and also undergraduate students. The conference was joined by 20 international and local speakers who excel in their field of specialties, the clinical dentistry programme was enriched with presentations from Prof Richard Ibbetson, Dean, School of Dentistry, University of Aberdeen, Prof Kathy Harley, Ex- President, The Royal College of Surgeons of England, Prof St John Crean, Vice Chancellor, University of Central Lancashire and many other prominent clinical experts; whilst the dental education programme was very well received too with presentations from Prof Vishna Devi Nadarajah, Dean, Teaching and Learning, Prof Toh Chooi Gait, Founding Dean of the School of Dentistry, IMU, Prof Seow Liang Lin, Associate Dean, School of Dentistry, IMU and other prominent dental educationists.

The conference was well supported with industry partners who  participated and provided interesting exhibits, sharing the latest dental materials, technology and innovations in dentistry with the participants to enhance the outcomes of patient treatment. The conference also conducted two post-conference hands-on workshops to upgrade the clinical skills of participants. Overall, this conference has received positive feedback from participants and served as a platform for clinicians and dental educationists to collaborate.

The IMU School of Dentistry admitted its first cohort of 38 students in February 2008. The launch of the dental programme at IMU offered opportunities for students to be trained as dentists either entirely at IMU or starting at IMU and completing at a partner dental school overseas. Over the years, the School has graduated 104 dentists through the local track, and our partner schools have graduated 130 of our transferred students through the partnership track at the University of Otago in New Zealand, and University of Western Australia, University of Adelaide and University of Queensland in Australia. This year the School saw its inaugural transfer to the University of Dalhousie in Canada and the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Today, our graduates can be found serving communities locally, and globally.

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