23 – 25 May 2014 – Two IMU dentistry students, Wong Choon Yong and Gan Shou Wan was awarded second runner-up prize for oral presentation of their paper entitled “An experimental study of the effect of psychological interventions on patients with dental anxiety” at the 6th National Dental Students’ Scientific Conference (NDSSC). Another presentation by two other dentistry students, Khoo Shun Wei and Wong Yin Mun, entitled “Effects of different surface treatment on the shear bond strengths of composite resin repairs” was awarded the first runner-up prize for poster presentation in the same event.
The 6th National Dental Students’ Scientific Conference (NDSSC) was held in AIMST University. Each participating dental school was allowed to submit two research papers for Oral Presentation and two research papers for Poster Presentation competitions. A total of 11 dental institutions had sent their respective students for the competition at this conference. The IMU managed to support by sending a total of 21 dental students from various cohorts to attend the conference through funds raised by organising the 5th NDSSC in IMU last year.
In conjunction with this national conference, there was also a competition held for students by the Malaysian Section of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), to present their research papers. For this competition, Wong Choon Yong and Gan Shou Wan’s presentation was awarded the Joseph Lister Award in Oral Disease Prevention and received a travel award amounting to USD 600 whilst Khoo Shun Wei and Wong Yin Mun was awarded a Junior Travel Award amounting to USD 500 as sponsorship to attend the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) South East Asia Division meeting on 11-14 August in Kuching, Malaysia. This will enable them to once again present their research papers to compete at regional level. In addition, the Malaysian Dental Students Association (MDSA) had their annual general meeting and the following three IMU dental students were elected to hold leadership posts and become representatives for IMU in the MDSA Council: Lee Shean Woei (DT1/13), position held – Treasurer Jonathan Goh Chong Ming (DT1/13), position held – Academic and Research Officer Wong Hui Xim (DT1/13), position held – Auditor