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From the President What an end to 2014! It has been a great year for SUDA and next year is shaping up to be even better! While there have been some ups (the great events and winning touch in RBC) and downs (the library changes), overall it has been a really positive year.

all reports, everyone who attended had a great night and it was particularly special for BDent4 and BOH3 as it was our last one as students of the Faculty. I hope to see the strong partnership with DASUS continue into 2015 so that we can come back to catch up with you all as Alumni.

The recent SUDA elections were tightly contested and it was great to see such a broad range of candidates vying for positions. On behalf of the 2014 SUDA Committee I would like to extend my sincerest congratulations to all of those elected and our sincerest thanks to all those who stood but were unsuccessful. I look forward to seeing what Priyanka and her new team can accomplish in 2015! An extra thanks to all of those who helped count the votes on the day.

The Interfaculty Rugby highlighted the depth of talent of many of our students. While it was sad seeing the trophy return to the office of Prof. Robinson (Dean of Medicine), it was great to see that our young team will have a great future ahead. It was certainly a building year and I look forward to the boys reclaiming the silverware in the years to come. A very big thank you to all of you who came down to support the team on the cold Friday nights despite the results. Bring on next year!

While I have recapped some of the events earlier in the year in previous reports, I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Kara Everingham and Jon Mitchell for their excellent organisation of the SUDA and DASUS Cocktail Ball held at the Ivy. From

With exams looming I hope that you are all studying hard but are not letting the stress 1.

overwhelm you! I remember in first year reading something similar written by the then President, but the truth is it is important to keep a clear head. For those just starting their Dentistry journey, the proof that you can do it is evidenced by all of the final years about to sit their final set of exams. You know the work and I’m sure you will all do well.

like to say goodbye and good luck to all of the friends that we have made in the years below. It has been a great 4 or 3 years and we will carry your friendships forward into our future careers. Please don’t hesitate to keep in touch! To all of the staff that have helped us along the journey, our deepest thanks for your tireless work to ensure that we are ready to head out into the big wide world.

I would like to extend a final goodbye and the sincerest thanks of the student body to Dr. Antonia Scott and A/Prof Wendell Evans who are leaving the Faculty at the end of the year. On behalf of the student body I would like to wish them all the best in their future endeavours and careers.

Good luck to everybody for your exams and I look forward to seeing you in the future as colleagues! Cheers! Charlie Thompson

Finally, on behalf of the graduating Dentistry and BOH year groups I would

This issue From the President ...................................................................................................... 1 Dentistry Cocktail Ball .................................................................................................. 3 Interfaculty Rugby report ............................................................................................. 4 Through the Loupes: Recent Graduate profile ............................................................. 5 Australian Dental Students Association (ADSA) news .................................................. 9 SUDA Committee 2015 .............................................................................................. 10

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Dentistry Cocktail Ball DMD3 Social Representatives The 2014 Dentistry Cocktail Ball was another huge success this year, all thanks to you guys! We had 297 guests attend, including students from dentistry and BOH, as well as a large number of University of Sydney staff and alumni. A huge thank you goes out to our sponsors, Medfin and DASUS, without which the night would not have been possible (or at least a lot more expensive)! We’d also like to thank DJ Wassim Kazzi for putting on a great show all night long and keeping us busy on the dance floor. We hope everybody had as much fun as we did, and we look forward to seeing all of you dressed to impress next year for another fantastic night! Cheers, Kara & Jon

.3. Photo credit: Chantelle Kemkemian Photography

Interfaculty Rugby report BDent4 Sports Representative Dentistry rugby is firmly entrenched as one of the major events in the calendar for dental students and this year was no different. The interfaculty rugby series between the Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy and Veterinary Sciences faculties has been occurring for a number years with Dentistry coming into 2014 as the two-time defending champions. Alex Ryan (BDENT4) was the captain of the 2014 team who was tasked with the responsibility of bringing the championship back to Dentistry for the third consecutive year. It was always going to be challenge constructing a great team with some new faces filling in for the large number players that departed from the 2013 team having graduated from their Dentistry or Oral Health studies. After a loss to Vet and a forfeit by Pharmacy, Dentistry headed into the much anticipated Medicine game with a 1-1 record. Medicine won their prior two matches, which meant Dentistry needed to win against Medicine to force a final game to decide the championship. It was a fierce encounter between the two teams, as is the norm, but ultimately Dentistry fell short in this contest and the series as the championship returned to Medicine. The highlight of the match involved Lyle Worrell (DMD2) picking up a chipped kick and running 60m to score a fantastic try. As disappointing as it was to lose the championship back to Medicine, it was very encouraging to see the amount of students, staff and alumni of the Dentistry faculty in attendance cheering on the team. Hopefully with a bit more experience, the championship will be heading back to Dentistry in 2015.

.4. Photo credit: Akash Aujla, DMD1

Through the Loupes: Recent Graduate profile

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I am originally from Vancouver, BC, Canada. When I applied to USyd, I never thought I would get in, let alone move to Australia. USyd sent a few representatives to interview students, Med and Dent combined, at UBC. I moved to Sydney after I was accepted into B.Dent. It was exciting and nerve-wrecking at the same time. Not knowing where I'd be sleeping the first night and for the days to come. Not knowing anyone or the way of life. And yet, I was travelling to the other hemisphere.

By the time I was in B.Dent 2, things were already in motion to complete the accreditation process for Australian schools in Canada and vice versa. Thanks to a hardworking SUDA, the universities were accredited by mid-2010. So it was all based on getting the NDEB done. And as the infamous words go "CHALLENGE ACCEPTED".

I had always planned to stay in Australia for a few years before I moved back to Canada. I wanted to gain some experience and also see if moving back to Canada would be a possible without the worry of having to look for a job. In essence, I wanted to make sure I had a job lined up in Canada before I moved back.


planning to take the exam to go through a few past papers and get a feel for the exam as there are physical models for pros part of OSCE.

This is in full disclosure as we always learn from our mistakes and sometimes from others. I flew out on the Friday after 4th year written exams, go to Vancouver and wrote the NDEB on Saturday (Written) and Sunday (OSCE) and was back on a flight via LA to finish up Viva on the Wednesday. I managed to pass the written but not the OSCE so the year after (Nov 2013), I re-did the OSCE in WCOH. A couple of my friends did the same and they passed, and there were a few who wrote it the year after and some passed and some failed. It’s about when you feel ready and comfortable. There is no right or wrong answer. The thing I learnt from all this is for the OSCE: unless you are 110% sure, do not pick the answer as there is negative marking.

As the saying goes "…it’s who you know." So far, I haven't heard of any Australian trained dentist from my year who hasn't found employment even though they were out-of-country grad. I was fortunate enough to have a close group of Canadian friends and they moved back as soon, or dare I say, even before they graduated and were networking. SO when a position opened up, I was offered the position. That being said, even those who didn't have ties in the dental field were able to find work pretty quick.

I work in a private clinic in Comox, B.C on Vancouver Island. It’s a smallish town of about 24,000 people and part of Comox Valley which has about 65,000 people. There are about 12 general dental practices in the valley. It’s like a suburb but not really. I couldn't really tell you a typical day as no day is ever the same. Some days start with extractions and end with crown preparations. Others are filled with seeing children and elderly patients and just doing simple fillings and SSC. Today started with fillings and surgical

For the most part, B.Dent prepares you well for the boards. There are obviously a few differences in names of medications and such, but Dentistry is the same. What I mean is the academic and technical information is the same. My NDEB seemed a bit biased on pros and orthodontics for the OSCE. I felt that B.Dent didn't prepare me well for ortho in terms of diagnosis and treatment. Also the method of examination was different so I would highly recommend any students


extractions in the morning and this afternoon was a couple of treatment plans, couple more fillings and a crown prep.

Also appointments seem to be structure very differently from what I was used to. Dentistry is done in quadrants or multiple quadrants at once. Patients would rather have all the work done at one go if they could so that’s less time off work.

For the most part, dental issues have been pretty even in both countries. I haven't really noticed a difference in the prevalence or incidence of any particular dental condition more in one country over the other. Although I have noticed a lot more patients [in Canada] are receptive to prosthodontic alternatives for large restorations.

Communication skills seems to be what employers are looking for in both countries, but my Canadian employer said "talking is 80% of the work". And in reality that’s the most important thing. All in all, not really anything different in what employers are looking for.

I think the academic and technical training can only prepare you so much. A lot of the training is put to the test during clinical practice. With a good mentor and continuing education, I think anyone can have a successful dental career anywhere in the world.

The biggest difference I have noticed between the two countries is the way insurance companies and government provided systems work. When I was practicing in Aus, I noticed the government scheme was very heavy on administrative paperwork, which I guess is in an attempt to keep clinicians responsible and honest. Similarly, the insurance companies seemed to be a bit more apprehensive to higher treatment alternatives. In Canada, the administrative paperwork doesn't seem too heavy and the government scheme is run via an insurance company. This does mean that there is a potential for over-treatment or unnecessary treatment.

I do wish BDent had trained me better on the business aspect of dentistry. This is true even if I was practicing in Aus. I always felt when it came to discussing finances with patients, I found myself stumbling through the conversation. Also it would provide us with the skills if new


grads would like to buy or buy-into a practice.

the business aspect of dentistry. Being able to provide patients with a price and talking to them about the business end of things is something I wasn't exposed to at uni. And last but not the least, it’s okay to be wrong or make a mistake. That’s why even after years of work, a dentist is "practicing dentistry", because if you knew everything about dentistry you wouldn't need to be practicing it. My mentor also said to me "You can never make a silk purse out of a pigs ear." In essence, sometimes you can plan out things to save a tooth with financial burden on the patient and all the energy you put in to save it, but sometimes you need to step back and look at the patient as a whole person.

On the contrary, you are welcome here. I get the impression from patients that they are more concerned with my ethical judgement and communication, rather than where I got my education. Most colleagues here are more than happy to help without judgement or bias. The whole idea of "Dental community" is very much alive here. Not to be crass but "we have each other's back". Since dentist aren't competing with each other to retain patients or snub each other in the process, new grads, local or international are seen as a bonus to reduce patient numbers for older practitioners who want to close up shop.

It is true, there is a saturation situation in the metropolitan areas of Canada just as there is in Australia. Have an open mind and make the effort to travel to the outskirts or even to smaller towns and cities and you will be very surprised. Plus the lifestyle is laid-back and people are more welcoming. The smaller towns and cities are beautiful, especially in beautiful BC. And for any Australians, here’s something to consider, my wife is Australian and she loves it here even though her family is in Aus. Finally, for those looking to make lots of money there is always Alberta.

When I graduated, I thought I was well equipped to start my first day, but ooh how wrong was I. Of all the academic and technical training we get, I think communication is something we take lightly and it’s probably the most important thing. Being able to communicate effectively and efficiently is something I had to learn on the job very quickly. Not just with patients but also with other dental professionals. Aside from the technical aspect of dentistry, we don't really get exposed to


I wouldn't know any oral pathology had it not been for Dr. Coleman. No book or study notes can replace his lectures. Also Dr. Heffernan, Dr. Ikram and Dr. Duckmanton are the best endodontists I've known. Lastly, listen to Rob (at the lab in WCOH) and trust me, do the lab work, 'cause I had a rude awakening when I was in rural waxing up and doing my own denture repairs.

The educators, tutors and admin staff, at USyd are all amazing and the degree wouldn't be possible without each and every one of them. Dr. Stefanie Calladine taught us Oral Surgery in B.Dent 2. She is definitely someone who had a significant impact on my learning. She laid out the material in a manner that was easy to understand and the lectures weren't over-loaded with information. She gave you what you needed. When I started working in rural NSW, she was working in Wagga Wagga and also runs the study group there. I used to call, email and ask for advice all the time. She is always willing to go over cases with you and help you improve. Also it goes without saying that

I would probably become a commercial airline pilot. You never know. I could be flying the next Air Canada flight. I mean if John Travolta can fly for Qantas, why can't I.

Australian Dental Students Association (ADSA) news , ADSA Liaison Officer Soon to be graduates! The 2014 ADSA Grad Booklet has just been completed in time for your milestone! Everything you need to know in preparation for work outside of Dental School! Find out about: - All the registration requirements including... AHPRA, Medicare and radiation licensing. - Paying off student loans - Job seeking tips - and much more!! To view it click here.


SUDA Committee 2015

: Priyanka Ponna : Jonathan Mitchell : Laura Raguine : Kris Anne Pulanco : Kate Jung : Joshua Benjamin : Annie Dou

: Andrew Darroch & Nibir Hossain : Alex Catauro & Dharini Ravindra : David Stuhmcke & Sarah Lee : Aylin Savran : Anna Cheng & Stacey Sirol

: Jae Hyun Hwang : John Guirguis : Paul Lam : Aylin Savran

: Diana Bruncke : Kyle Schaltz : Tara Canton



Lamantia : Miles Somers : Darian Karunaikumar

: Davinder Dhillon & Thomas Cocks : James Zvirblis & Bhavisha Thankey : Audrey Irish & Sally Hirunvivat : Vivek Kumar

The remaining positions will be elected in early 2015.

Lastly, farewell to the Class of 2014 & good luck to everyone for exams! See you in 2015!

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