PROVIDING THE LATEST NEWS ON GLOBAL AND LOCAL DENTAL STUDENT LEVEL WINTER 2010-2011
AUTUMN - WINTER EDITION
SM!LE Project Piloted in Leeds EVP in Bulgaria
EDSA-Meisinger Hands On Training in Oral Surgery
SM!LE PROJECT PILOTED IN LEEDS
The long awaited
Dentists carried out the checkups, working alongside
Smile Project has
the hygiene and therapy students who gave oral
hygiene advice to all the patients. This partnership
piloted in Leeds
enhanced team working skills and meant that the
this October to
patient received the best care possible.
December 2010. It was well worth the
Overall, despite having a few hairy moments where
wait and has been
threatened to close the clinic, the project was very
rewarding and great fun. The project was initially started over two years ago by Ana Stevanovic and team: Mihovil Greguric
However, all this would not have been possible
Bajza, Cristina Rizea, Ioannis Zogakis, Ekaterina
without the “Smile” committee members, Jessica
Radoslavova, Dina Dabic, Deema Marzouq, Neja
Stone, Diana Bennett, Miebaka Adikibi, China Green
Jurjec, and I took over the organisation and
and Annabelle Carter, who have been helping me
running of the project in Leeds at the end of the
with the organisation of the project. They have all
put a lot of time and effort into the project and have really contributed to its success.
The aim of the Smile Project is to provide oral health care and education to non-dental students in the University of Leeds. The first part of the project was to hold a promotional
Gamble. We set up a stall in the university union where we signed students up to receive free dental checkups in the Leeds Dental Institute. We also put up posters and handed out flyers and free gifts, including manual toothbrushes, all over the university campus to generate excitement about the project. All the volunteers wore tooth fairy outfits and “smile project” t-shirts to create a fun atmosphere and try to dispel the generic image of the scary, drilling dentist. Behind our stand we played the infamous "I love clinics"
I really hope that the achievements of the pilot
video on a large projector screen which attracted
a lot of attention and quite a few laughs too! In
successfully be run in many of your dental schools
the end we managed to sign up over 1500
across Europe in the near future.
exceeded our expectations.
Imogen Bexfield, Leeds, UK
The second part of the project was the process of carrying out the checkups in the Leeds Dental Institute clinics. It was difficult to secure clinical space and supervision for the project but, in the end, all four clinics went ahead as planned on four consecutive weeks.
COLLABORATION WITH EPSA The Pharmaceutical
Association (EPSA) is the main representative body of the European pharmacy students:
over 120.000 students in more
countries. It was founded in 1978 after the independence of the European SubCommittee
Pharmacy Students (IPSF) and got its present name
EPSA HELPing Hand Project (EPSA and the HELP Project – For a life without Tobacco)
in 1982. The structure and functioning of EPSA is not very different from what you are used to in EDSA: There are 31 local and national students’ associations that are members of EPSA (among Ordinary and Associate members) and a multinational central team
During the past 4/5 years EPSA has developed great
throughout all Europe and EPSA is definitely among the “European training net”; the Individual Mobility Project allows students to work abroad in a paid internship that can be performed within the different areas of pharmaceutical profession. EPSA has continuosly been striving towards cooperation with other students’ associations – such as EDSA – and has been sucessful at achieving that goal. In the upcoming months both EPSA and EDSA will cooperate with each other in different ways – by help spreading each association’s work through different vehicles of information (such as Newsletter, website, etc), by having representatives of each association in
EPSA Office at the PGEU building in Brussels, EPSA is based in Brussels and has its office in the building of the Pharmaceutical Group of European Union (PGEU). The EPSA Vice President of External Affairs works there permanently and lobbies within the European Union to promote the interest of he European pharmacy students. We hold four events during the year, and General Assemblies take place at two of them. EPSA’s main event of the year – Annual Congress – takes place during April, and Autumn Assembly takes place in October. During these events there are held trainings, workshops, scientific poster contests and many interesting lectures given by professionals from different areas among the pharmaceutical profession. Besides the educational part, the congresses also provide our students the experience of feeling the “EPSA Spirit”: Meeting new friends, new cultures, new ways of living… leads you to this amazing feeling of being European!
projects that both associations have developed in the past years: EPSA in Madrugada Campus in GuineaBissau and EDSA in Cameroon. It is EPSA’s wish to continue this collaboration, specially
region) and have a similar field of work (concerning human health). Both associations should work together with a single goal – to ensure a better understanding and cooperation between both professions. If you want to know more about EPSA do not hesitate to visit our website (www.epsa-online.org) or contact
online.org). I also want to show my gratitude, on behalf of EPSA, to Maja Sabalic for her interest in our association and in this collaboration. Mariana Fróis EPSA Vice President of Public Relations 2010/2011
CROATIAN DENTAL STUDENTS' ACTIVITIES
Since the last issue of EDSA Newsletter, students of Zagreb School of Dental Medicine were actively participating in various project at the local and international levels. Besides several Tooth Fairy workshops, organised in kingergartens in Zagreb and Split, we developed a project for evaluation and improvement of oral care in intensive care units. Over the past several months we have also been working on setting up a new project aiming to provide an increased awareness of oral hygiene issues for people in retirement homes. In 2010, our dental school started collaboration with an
"Zamisli" and organised a lecture and discussion on support and treatment of people with disabilities.
students' association, I would single out the "Dental Karaoke Party" that took place in November in an Irish pub and gather a number of singing talents.
Participants from the association could improve their knowledge about oral health and their skills of maintaining oral hygiene while students could hear about problems that people with disabilities face in obtaining dental care as well as their suggestions on how to improve services for them. In October we welcomed and hosted a group of international
Germany and in November three students from ClujNapoca, Romania visited our dental school for a week. We had another great opportunity to exchange experiences
student from Samara, Russia spent her one-month exchange in our country.
At the moment our association (USDM) is working hard on organising the 2011 Summer Camp in Zadar, Croatia and organising the 1st Virtual World Congress of Dental Students, taking place online, May 9-11, 2011. The virtual congress will be an excellent chance for students from all parts of the world to attend virtual key note lectures on new technologies in dentistry and flexible learning, to present eOral presentations and ePoster presentations and to be awarded. Best papers will be published in Acta Stomatoogica
There will be possibility to join discussion boards and chat with colleagues during virtual cofee breaks. If you have a computer connected to the internet, you can register at www.virtualdentalcongress.com and become part of the event. Maja SabaliÄ‡, Zagreb, Croatia
AISO MEETING, ITALY The Italian Dental Students Association (AISO) is considered one of the most important students’ groups in Italy. Our association’s strenght is not only related to the power of AISO’s “voice” inside the Italian Dental debate, but is above all connected to the great network which links all our local branches. This “network”, made of people extremely motivated in their activities, reaches its greatest moment during the National Assembly, which was this year hosted in Naples. The city under the Vesuvio is a special place you can’t imagine till you stay there. When you land at the Capodichino Airport you can immediately feel a great
traditions. While driving in a cab through narrow and busy streets of the city, you can have conflicting feelings: it’s impossible to remain indifferent towards Naples, you either love it or hate it. But one thing is
The day after, we spent the morning and the most of
for sure: Naples is a city that lives!
the afternoon for the “heart” of our meeting: the Assembly.
Our National Meeting was organized by the local
opportunity to put toghether all the work made by our
former Italian NEO and newly elected Italian national
common idea and the common guidelines in order to
set annual activities of AISO.
In accordance with the best Neapolitan tradition, we
All the representatives gave a special tribute to
were welcomed with a warm hospitality, easy going
relationships and ever happy people, who made our
respectively, the outgoing President and the outgoing
days there a great experience.
Secretary of our Association. Their work was really important:
The Assembly was organized inside the “DentalGo”,
organization to AISO, writing the new constitution
one of the most important dental exhibitions in Italy.
and a series of guidelines for organising AISO events,
During the first day in Naples we joined the best
making them legal entities registered with the Italian
relations presented by some of the most important
Ministry of Finance.
dentists of our Country. The
anniversary of the institution of the Dentistry Degree Course in Italy, a important issue at this moment of significant changes at the Italian University. The fair was
relationships with sponsors and partners of AISO, highlighting the importance of a relation between the academic and the professional world.
AISO MEETING, ITALY
Arrica is new secretary and Fabio Marcellini is Italian NEO (National Exchange Officer). Considering also Flavia Iaculli and Gaetano Illuzzi (confirmed
Board has representatives from all parts of Italy: Matteo is from Naples, Gaetano comes from Foggia (South of Italy), Mariantonietta is from Sassari (Sardinia), Fabio comes from Varese (near Milan, in the North) and Flavia is from Perugia (Central Italy). Surely
association, strongest than ever before and with a great consideration by the Italian dental world. Our action is very useful for the students, and above all we are overcoming all other students associations in Italy, thinking to the organization and the legal and academic importance in our country. We’re also proud of being part of the European Dental Students’ Association. For our members it AISO National Meeting is always an opportunity to meet other people, develop friendships, visit nother city and have fun! The Organizing Committee took us to visit Naples, its atmosphere and its magic: between
(obviously) pizza. Don’t think of the pizza you are used to; in Naples (the home of this extraordinary food) it is completely different from all the other sides of the World! Come under the Vesuvio to try it!
is a great opportunity to visit other countries (and different
I will end this article with an invite:
“We will be
very happy if you decide to come visiting Italy and our local branches! As the Neapolitan people say, “Iamm’ bell’ ià!” (Come on Guys!).
Evenings were a mixture of fun, dance, drinks and friendship.
neapolitan pub, where all the AISO representatives gave to Neapolitan people an idea of how much a dental student can have fun!
Fabio Marcellini Italian National Exchange Officer - AISO
HELLO FROM SHEFFIELD
Hello from Sheffield University! The past few months have been pretty hectic on and off our social calendar! Our annual Dental Ball went down a treat! dancers,
Circus themed with snakes, belly
fountain...need I say more?! The Dental Revue was a great success this year and gave students a great opportunity to make some very entertaining videos around the dental school including
featuring students dancing around the dental school as zombies in order to raise money for DentAid.
A small crew hit the BDSA Conference this year to rave it up -thank you Cardiff! A bunch of students ventured out to the Alps on an Easter expedition which gave us a great opportunity to try out something a little different with a hangover-skiing! We’ve given the H&T course a little taster of SUDSS with a 3-legged bar crawl and our annual messy pub golf!
The new SUDSS committee were elected in March – congratulations to Ben Veale the new President who made a brilliant decision to kick off with a karaokethemed Handover social with several interesting interpretations of Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’!
We’re just about to bid farewell to our 5th years as they get their finals results and are preparing a few summer socials along with dental fun for our new batch of Freshers in September! Looking forward to getting more involved with the EDSA!
Surinder Poonian, Sheffield, UK
MFF-MEISINGER-EDSA INTERNATIONAL TRAINING COURSE
September 22nd – 26th Day One My travelling partner Aida Ajan and I (Nicole Nova) from Stockholm arrived on a sunny day in Munich airport. We took the train to Bad Endorf and had a nice journey passing the southern countryside of Germany. As we stepped out on the platform one could smell the fresh air of the countryside, and inevitably the obstacle of an internally processed, nutritionally-drained
However, the dinner we got ourselves there before moving on to Seebruck, was indeed the most delicious and gigantic schnitzel I’ve ever had. The taxi-lady drove us to the front-door of the Chiemsee Akademie in Seebruck, and we received a name-tag and the keys to our room in Hotel Post (approximately 7 min walking distance from the academy).
student: Eva-Marie from Germany. We spent the evening exploring the town: the cornfield, the farm, and the lake packed with plentiful of sailboats!
del, ham, and
Lecture day! The program involved: Prof. Dr. Klaus-U Benner – Morphology of dental implantology: anatomical pitfalls in oral surgery Dr. Florian J. M. Bauer – Principles of dental implantology Dr. Michael K
hli – Bone augmentation concepts on
the basis of synthetic biocomposites Dr.
Later we went back to have some welcoming dinner at the academy with some tasty kn
schnapps that had a habit of re-filling themselves every time one blinked one’s eye. The attending dental students came from different countries in Europe. For the sake of not missing out on a country, let’s just say from Scandiania to Balkan. Alright, I’ll have a go anyways: Sweden, Germany, Britain, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Serbia and Bosnia. We certainly found ourselves some new friends to keep
Dr. Martin B. Schubert – Treatment options with dental aplasia – orthodontic vs. implant therapy Dr. Dr. Andreas Hoffmann – Implantology Basics – a Ten-Point Plan as a key to implant success Many
membrane, the membrane covering the floor of the maxillary sinus. It’s very important to not perforate it when performing sinuslifts. Another important thing that was discussed was how easy-graft® was an
augmentation. Later in the evening we had a formal dinner in Hotel Post. We had the time to acquaint ourselves with new students and some of the surgeons that had the lectures.
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The bus trip took about three hours to Munich. The streets were PACKED with people dressed up in
Oktoberfest Day! Well, actually, two more lectures
their Bavarian traditional clothes. The fraulines
looked really pretty in their dresses (us nonGerman folks were clearly lame-looking in our
Dr. Masoud Memari – 3D navigation technology in
ordinary clothes) and the guys looked stylish in
their Lederhosen. Here’s a fun fact:
Dragana Gabric Panduric DDM, PhD – Scientific
the clothing I just described has its origin from
considerations in Bone Management
Both of them were really interesting, especially how
We found ourselves in the gigantic main tent
Hippodrom. The tables had already all the goodies
implant, and also that it could be possible in the
waiting for us: ham, radish, and the huge pretzels
future to use a “laser drill” instead of a conventional
that were shared among the people sitting around
drill for the implant placement. Awesome!
each table. Speaking of huge, the beer glasses holding one liter were so big and heavy I had to use both hands to lift it. I didn’t even finish half of it until the next round of another liter came. Phew! According to an unnamed source the beer had six percent alcohol, so you do the math – plenty of ethanol in peoples’ veins! Anyways, so why this fuzz about the beer? Well, for one thing, it is only made in Munich, and only once a year! In Las Vegas there is an Oktoberfest copy-variant, but they have to import the real beer all the way from Munich to call it an Oktoberfest. Speaking of patenting! Also, this year was the 200th year anniversary!
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Day Four Workshops! All of them were really educative. It’s one thing to hear about the different surgical methods, and to have a go on your own! We were divided into groups of about ten people and there were six stations. All groups rotated between the tables, which basically lasted almost the whole day, because we spent about an hour on each station. Implantation – drilling and fixing a Titan screw in a jaw model. We were allowed to keep them as our own. Nice! Sinuslift – on a pig head using the balloon method. Very effective! Spreading – of the bone plates on an animal rib, signifying the expansion the alveolar ridge. Augmentation
Extracting and attaching bone pieces where there is less bone material. Piezo Bone Surgery – a method used for sinuslifts to lift the Schneiderian membrane. We practiced on egg shells. Personal favorite! Stitching & Cutting Techniques surgical
Later that day, we had a little quiz about what we’ve been taught these past couple of days. I think most people did alright. In the evening there was the endceremony where we received our diplomas and partied for the last time in Seebruck. The hard part was the good-byes of course, but one thing is for certain: we all had an amazing time in Seebruck and will look back on it fondly! Being the first time that Maxillo-Faziale
this course for international students, on EDSA’s account, it was a real success!
Nicole Nova, Stockholm, Sweden
EVP IN BULGARIA
hope exams are going well, we are waiting our meeting in Leeds. I’m glad to announce that our association has a new
BgDSA, or BDSA, the full name – Bulgarian Dental Students Association. The proposal was given by Anton Tumbalov – president of BDSA. It was voted and accepted with no objections in May
Association. In October 2010, our association organised the Second International Scientific Congress of the Bulgarian Dental Students Association where where renowned specialists in the fields of Prosthetics and Endodontics revealed the secrets of art and science in dental profession. BDSA
Visiting Program) since October 2010. We will be glad to show you our new, full reconstructed faculty - the biggest dental base in Balкans.
The EVP condions are as follows: We can receive maximum 5 students from each country. It is possible to make two exchanges at the same time. Exchange lasts 6-7 days. Accommodation : Student hostels – rooms with 2 beds and a personal bathroom
We will prepare a great social program – we will show you our city, our way to party and our way of life. We can arrange a trip to some famous places in Bulgaria. You have to pay free activities and your trip to
airplane)…everything else is our duty, you just have fun!
The hostel is near the center of Sofia, about 20 minutes from the university by bus Educational program – students can visit our departments of Operative dentistry,
Hope to see you soon, greetings from Sofia! Boyana Byanova, Sofia, Bulgaria
DENTAL EVENTS IN FRANCE
UNECD (Union Nationale des Etudiants en Chirurgie Dentaire ) meeting The last 2010 UNECD meeting (JPP 75) was held in
Annual ADF Meeting
In France we have a big probem with that,
Française) meeting is the biggest french dental
because a lot of dentists will be retired soon, and
exhibition. It was held in Paris at the end of
we have a numerus clausus which regulate the
November 2010. More than 400 french and
number of students.
international companies were present at this event.
At the moment there are around 40,000 dentists in France but it is expected that in 2018 the
number of dentists will be 22,000. And there is
dentists and students attended lectures and
already a lack of dentists…
workshops. Actually, french dentists have to
follow a training every year (obligation due to The problem will not be so pronounced in big
cities like Paris or Lyon, but especially in rural zone.
This exhibition was the occasion for me to meet many potential new sponsors. A dozen of them
If we do not do anything about this problem,
were very interested in providing workshops
government will take coercives mesaures soon
and we will not have flexibility in choosing
which I hope soon will result in development of
some new EDSA project.
During the UNECD meeting, we discussed the problem with governement and French Dental Council. All students agree to work a year in a zone lacking dentists, just after our 6th year of studies. This measure will provide 1000 young dentists every year in these zones. It was not an easy decision but we are aware of our role in public health. Furthermore our studies are totally free, so it’s a way to refund society!
Matthieu Wipf, Brest, France
STUDENT RESEARCH IN TURKEY
Research Club Scientific Meeting, 14 May 2010 In
research club”(SRC), which new students attend voluntarily
outwith the normal curriculum every day. The student research club of the oldest dental faculty in
phenomenon in Turkey(*). Its
students carried out research entitled: “Analyses of the nature of the salivary mineral phase formed
At our last meeting, which was held on 14 May 2010,
37 participants with 13 researches has made their
researched the structure of calculus using IR
presentations. There were many participants from
spectophotometry and presented their results at
different dentistry faculties of Turkey and Italy. After
Congress(May 16-18,1990,İstanbul, Turkey ). In
“Closing Ceremony” at a very historical place. With
some of the participants, we ended the night at
Taksim, which is the nightlife center of Istanbul.
professional interest. They conducted 16 research
We are planning to make our next scientific meeting
projects in 14 branches of dentistry. Their results
with international participation on April 2011. You can
were presented at the first scientific meeting of
participate both with your researches and as an
the Student Research Club of Istanbul University
observer. If you want to join our congress and at the
same time see our beatiful city, which is 2010
Representative examples of the research which
European Capital of Culture, please contact us. Hope
to see you in Istanbul.
published in 1995(*). Organisation Committee Every year a scientific meeting is arranged by a
Ceren Güney Tolgay
student committee made up of club members at
which students present their research in 10-15
minute long speeches. In addition, a booklet outlining all the research abstracts in Turkish and
English is disturbed to participants. Each year, 34-
35 students attends these scientific meetings and on
*Guven Y., Uysal O.: The importance of student Research
Journal Dental Education (In press)
TIMISOARA DENTAL STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION
Timisoara Dental Students Association (TDSA) was established as a non-governmental association for students at Dental Faculty, the University of Pharmacy and Medicine “Victor Babes” Timisoara, Romania. TDSA started its activity in May 2007 by organizing a National
Students and Youth Doctors. Some
intellectual performances and growing the level of medical
supporting the autonomy of our university, promoting the
partnerships with other university centers in the country and abroad, organizing scientific, educational, artistic,
theoretical and practical courses. Every student registered at “Victor Babes” University,
It is an excellent opportunity for students and young
specializations Dental Medicine, College of Dental
doctors to expose their observations and their dental
Technique and Dental Assistance can be a member of
knowledge, giving them the chance to confide their
TDSA. Those who want to apply must approve and
ebulliences and their controversies in order to try to
accept the regulation specifications.
find answers together.
TDSA meetings are organized twice a month on
Prophylaxis project, another important activity of
TDSA takes place every year in schools for children
with special needs. The project is sponsored by P&G,
Blend-a-Med. The program starts with the interaction
party, projects that are organized in collaboration with
of students and children and continues with a power
procedures followed by free discussions. It includes of
also games and contests, with prizes for the most
Students and Young Doctors, DenTim 2010,
important scientific medical manifestation, maintained
Interdentis is a students' exchange program among
over four editions at high scientific and academic
universities in Romania: Cluj-Napoca, Iasi, Bucuresti
level, contributing year after year at the enrichment
and Oradea. The equivalent of this program is the
of our medical knowledge. The program of the
congress contains free communication and poster
universities form Serbia and Hungary. This program
sessions as well as lectures and workshops which
offers the possibility to observe different teaching
brings into discussion the most recent international
topics regarding the treatments promptitude and
collaboration between students.
correctitude of diagnose and therapeutic procedures in all dental fields.
TIMISOARA DENTAL STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION
The college magazine ,,Molarul Din Minte,, (The Tooth
information about past and future events, culturalartistic
permanent evolution. Proving the journalistic skills of dental
published in March 2010. It adopts the personal style of old English publications, regarding the structural and graphical design. It contains 12 sections with specific theme. We all hope with this voice from ,,Molarul
opportunity to develop their writing skills. We are open
experiences. Every month TDSA organises parties for all the students registered at our medical school. The Faculty of Dental Medicine Timisoara is mostly known because of the Prosthodontic Department, but we do not exclude other fields of dental medicine and we would like to establish partnerships in scientific research or other programs with colleagues from other countries. We are also open to the idea of organising
colleagues from EDSA. The management of the association is assured by president Sorin Mihali, vice president of the director’s office Ciprian Roi, vice president of the executive department Ana-Maria Curtean, secretary Roxana Jicarean and scientific adviser Simina Lugojan-Toma. We are continuing to carry out projects that will help and support the students of Dental Medicine School in Timisoara and in the future we hope to cooperate more with our colleagues from other universities in Romania and abroad and develop together social and scientific programs. .
Sorin Mihali, Silvana Canjau, Ciprian Roi Students of Faculty of Dental Medicine, UMF „V. Babeş” Timişoara Alexandru Ogodescu, M.D., Spec.Orthodontics, PhD Department of Orthodontics at Faculty of Dental Medicine, UMF „V. Babeş” Timişoara
edited and designed by Maja Sabalić
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