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EDSA Board Report September-November 2010

EDSA Events The 47th EDSA Meeting will take place in Leeds, United Kingdom, between the 10th and 16th of April 2011. The meeting will be held at the refurbished building of the Leeds Dental Institute and the theme of the meeting is Ethics and Managing Patient Expectations. Well respected clinicians will be giving talks on how treatment choices can affect patients and what can be done to prevent mistreatment. It will be chance to present your projects and local activities and take part in various EDSA activities on the European level. Besides meeting sessions there will be fun social activities Yorkshire style and you will have the chance to network with colleagues from other European countries. More information on the programme and application form can be found on the event's official website

The 1st International Student Training "Dental Implantology" organised in collaboration with MFF and Meisinger company took place in Seebruck am Chiemsee, Germany between the 22nd and 26th of September 2010. Seventy students from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, United Kingdom and Egypt took advantage of the great opportunity to make new friends and to practice different suturing techniques in oral surgery, baloon-assisted sinusfloor elevation, bone spreading and bone splitting, work with devices for piezoelectric surgery and place implants. Within the social part of the programme, visit to the Oktoberfest in Munich and traditional Bavarian evening were organised. EDSA Delegate Janka Ohlas from Slovakia was given the chance to represent EDSA at the training. More information on the next International Student Training "Dental Implantology" will be published soon at

The 2nd EDSA Summer Camp, organised in collaboration with the Dental Students' Scientific Association of Egypt, took place for the first time outside Europe in Alexandria, Egypt between the 13th and 19th of September 2010. Several students who applied for this camp had the chance to perform clinical work on patients under supervision of the staff of the Faculty of Dentistry, Alexandria University, participate in a basic handson implantology course and provide dental treatment during a field trip in a native area with minimal equipment. Part of dental equipment used at this course was provided by EDSA sponsor W&H. Social programme included Alexandria tour, trip to Cairo, Beach day and exchange fair.

EDSA invites you to meet EDSA representatives and learn more about EDSA projects and activities at the EDSA booth during the 34th International Dental Show between the 22nd and 26th of March 2011 in Cologne, Germany. The booth will be sponsored by Meisinger company and located in aisle G No. 30, aisle H No. 39. hall 10.1. Special promotional materials will be prepared for this top event for the international dental sector, taking place every two years. Focusing on modern prophylaxis concepts and current trends in preventive treatments and diagnostics, the 34th IDS will be a particularly valuable source of comprehensive information on the topic of preventive care. If you wish to arrange a meeting with EDSA representatives during the event, please do not hesitate to contact us at We look forward to meeting you at the world’s leading trade show and sector meeting place for decision-makers from the dental world where 1,800 exhibitors from 56 countries are expected. EDSA Projects The Smile Project, introduced for the first time at the 43rd EDSA meeting in Ljubljana, has been piloted in Leeds piloted between October and December 2010. The aim of the Smile Project is to provide oral health care and education to nondental students. Over 1500 students at Leeds signed up at the promotional event, which was supported by Proctor and Gamble, to receive a free dental checkup. Following that, clinics were held in the Leeds Dental Institute where full checkups and oral hygiene advise was given to all the patients. You can read more about the launch of the project in the new issue of the EDSA Newsletter. EDSA's aim is to implement the project at as many as possible European universities, so please do not hesitate to contact us at if you wish to get involved and organise a SM!LE event at your dental school.

The aim of the new project "EDSA Research Program" is to promote research activities and networking among dental students and offer them research and development opportunities in an international setting. It is planned as a long-term project and its activities include creating a database of partner schools, companies and organisations, publishing the list of partners online and informing students about research opportunities, selecting and supporting outstanding students and encouraging students to present their scientific papers at EDSA congresses and publish in EDSA publications. As part of this program, several possibilities will be offered to students interested in research: summer research camps, participation in a research project under supervision of mentor, visits to dental schools/research laboratories/ company headquarters and linking partner schools in order to develop multicentric studies. The project shall be launched in summer 2011. To inform us about your partnership interest, please fill out the application form at

EDSA is still working with YMCA Southwest Branch Cameroon on arranging accommodation and discounted airline tickets, obtaining work permits and ensuring safety, food and good working conditions for volunteers who applied for the short-term mission trip in Cameroon between July and September 2011. The mission trip will start in the English speaking part of Cameroon around the 20th of July 2011 and volunteers who applied for the mission will be able to get all necessary information and invitation letter for visa by the end of January. EDSA would be very happy to receive any donations of dental equipments, instruments and materials for this project. If you can help us with providing the necessary resources, please contact us at If you would like get involved in EDSA Volunteer Work, please feel free to contact Cristina Balan at Volunteering is a rewarding way to share your professional skills to make a difference to people who live in tough conditions and have no access to health care. You can also join EDSA Volunteer Work - Working Group on Facebook.

You can still promote and participate in the EDSA survey on "Common Problems of the European Dental Students". The project started as a special interest group during the ADEE 35th Annual Meeting in Helsinki where students and educators discussed current dental students' situation and ways to improve it. If you still haven't answered the 15 questions, please do it on the following link Results of the survey will be analyzed and presented at the EDSA webste and during the ADEE 37th Annual Meeting 2010 in Antalya in the form of poster.

3000 copies of EDSA Dental Guide Manuals were printed and distributed to 294 dental schools along with posters announcing the availability of the Manual in the schools' libraries. The interactive online version of the manual, presented at the 46th EDSA meeting in Amsterdam, will be launched soon.

The project was supported by the Association for Dental Education in Europe, Planmeca, Colgate, W&H and Saratoga. Please feel free to email us your feedbacks at

The EDSA Annual Theme 2010-11 focuses on research and its impact on dental education. International team of students from United Kingdom, Sweden and Croatia is working on designing a questionnaire that will be distributed to dental schools in order to get better insight into research opportunities and research conditions at European dental schools. If you would like to actively participate in the project by conducting the survey at your school, please feel free to contact us at EDSA Partners Articles about recent EDSA activities were published in the November issue of the ASDA News - printed publication of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) and the Newsletter of the European Pharmaceutical Students' Association (EPSA). EDSA is continuing collaboration with ASDA and EDSA Vice President will attend ASDA's 41st Annual Session in Anaheim in March 2011. Communication with the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA) resulted in extending invitations to attend each others meetings and exchanging information and logos on websites. Recently EDSA has been strengthening relations with the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), EDSA's potential partner on the Research Program. EDSA Generaly Secretary will attend the 45th meeting of the Continental European Division of IADR in August 2011 in Budapest. Over the past three months EDSA was in contact with the Council of European Dentists (CED) and European Council of the Liberal Professions (CEPLIS). CED, a non-profit association representing over 320,000 dentists across Europe, registered as an interest representative with the European Commission, agreed to collaborate with EDSA. Therefore, one EDSA representative will attend CED's General Meeting in Budapest in May 2011.

EDSA mission and activities will be presented in the form of ePresentation during the 1st Virtual World Congress of Dental Students, taking place online between the 9th and 11th of May 2011. More information on the congress can be found at where EDSA is listed as one of the congress' partners. EDSA Publications EDSA Board has prepared the EDSA Portfolio 2010-11 which contains up to date information on projects, events and list of sponsorship opportunities offered to EDSA partners as a part of sponsorship packages. Besides the printed version, the extended - online version was created containing description of additional packages for EDSA Magazine sponsors.

EDSA Magazine Editorial Board is working on the new issue of the magazine. Besides collecting and editing articles, the team is working hard to keep the magazine existing in both online and printed form. Since costs of printing and distribution are high, EDSA has developed a new strategy that we hope will be successful in gaining new sponsors, contributors and readers.

EDSA Brochure is a new promotional material providing information on EDSA's mission, structure and projects to potential new members. Like the new EDSA Portfolio, Board Report and Newsletter it was designed by EDSA members. A number of Brochures was printed in September with the support of Meisinger company and distributed among students from 14 countries that attended the 1st International Student Training "Dental Implantology" in Germany.

In the new edition of EDSA Uncovered you can read more about activities of dental students in Turkey, Romania, Croatia and Italy, students' exchange opportunities in France and Bulgaria and partnership with the EPSA. In this issue you will also find photos from the 1st International Student Training "Dental Implantology" in Germany and from promotional events as part of the SM!LE project in Leeds. Editorial board would like to invite EDSA friends and all Delegates who did not get chance to get published in this issue to contribute to the Summer Edition. All articles for inclusion in the Summer Edition should be submitted no later than May 31, 2010 at Thank you very much for your contribution! EDSA extends a big "Thank you!" to its sponsors: Platinum:


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