|Glasgow Dental Attributes Week|
|Friday, 08 March 2013|
Monday 17 December saw both the Dean and Vice Dean attend the University of Glasgow to launch the Glasgow Dental Attributes Week at the university’s Dental Hospital.
Vice Dean, Mr Rob Chate, delivered the first presentation on the Faculty’s entry-level diploma, the MFDS RCSEd, as well as covering the range of professional development opportunities available through the College. Emphasis was made on the benefits of affiliating to a Dental Faculty such as ours that incorporates and represents all grades and members of the whole dental team from the outset of their careers. In contrast, a comparison with our main rival sister College was made, where after six years of gaining an MJDF RCSEng diploma, individuals are required to choose whether to affiliate to either a secondary care/academic faculty or a faculty for general dental practitioners.
In addition, the various routes to a Fellowship in Dental Surgery were highlighted, including the fact that our College is the only UK Royal College of Surgeons that provides ‘non-consultant’ career grade trainees and practitioners with an opportunity of becoming a Fellow, either through a Portfolio Assessment for general dental practitioners or through the submission of a CV for specialty Members.
The Dean, Professor Richard Ibbetson, spoke on career guidance, especially with a view to the best routes and timescales to follow for individuals interested in pursuing an academic career. Reference to the benefits of an individual’s affiliation to the Faculty in all fields of clinical dental practice was also reiterated, with an emphasis on acquiring the MFDS RCSEd qualification from an early stage to provide both a competitive advantage in the workplace as well to facilitate any subsequent selective entry for postgraduate specialty training.
In all, 99 final-year undergraduates attended these two presentations of the first morning of the Attributes Week which was rounded off by an informal lunch provided by the College. The Dean and Vice Dean were supported in promoting the Faculty during lunch by other senior Edinburgh Dental Fellows working in the Dental School and overall, nearly half of the attendees signed up to the College’s mailing list through the helpful support of Mariel Roy and Paula Hoy from the Outreach section.
Rob Chate, Vice Dean, RCSEd Dental Faculty