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Concluding anniversary celebrations
Celebrations of the Faculty's 50th
anniversary concluded in December 2013
with a one-day lecture meeting entitled
"50 years of the Faculty of Dentistry, 30
years of Implant Dentistry in Ireland".
Featuring a host of Irish experts in the
Surgical and Restorative aspects of
Implant Dentistry, the event was held as
part of The gathering and was attended
by Fellows, Members and other friends of
the Faculty from Ireland and overseas.
New Diploma in Primary Care Dentistry
The new Diploma in Primary Care
Dentistry (DipPCD RCSI) is now
established as a stand-alone postgraduate
qualification. The first sitting of the
Diploma was held in October 2013. A
total of 14 candidates sat the examination
and each was successful on their first
attempt. The Faculty was delighted to
welcome its first group of Diplomates to
the Winter conferring in December 2013.
The Diploma of Primary Care Dentistry
has been approved by the Dental
Council and the examination has been
developed by the Faculty of Dentistry
RCSI in collaboration with the Irish Dental
Association (IDA) and the Irish Faculty of
Primary Dental Care (IFPDC).
International activities
The Faculty of Dentistry was part of a
College-wide effort to secure a contract
with the Hamad Medical Corporation in
Qatar for re-validation of their Medical
and Dental Consultants. The Faculty of
Dentistry's submission was spearheaded
by Dr Peter Cowan, CEO of the Faculty
of Dentistry, and the success achieved
was due, in large measure, to his efforts.
The first phase of the re-validation has
been completed on schedule. Further
opportunities are anticipated in the region
as a result.
The Faculty's overseas programmes go
from strength to strength. Its network
of Membership of Faculty of Dentistry
(MFD) examination centres in the
gulf region which includes Bahrain,
Kuwait, Jordan and Ajman has been
significantly extended with the successful
establishment of an MFD examination
centre in the University of Khartoum.
In the US, New York University (NYU)
continues to hold both MFD and
Fellowship of Faculty of Dentistry
(FFD) examinations. In addition, MFD
preparatory courses have been held in
NYU, Kuwait and Sudan.
Postgraduate Lecture Series
At home, the Postgraduate Lecture Series
is now in its fifth year. It is designed
primarily as a refresher course for those
students sitting for the Diploma and
Membership examinations while also
providing up to date continuing education
opportunities for all dentists. It brings
together an eclectic mix of specialists
who address topics in a concise, focused
lecture format. The guiding principle of
the highly popular series is `maximum
knowledge in minimum time'.
Awards promoting excellence
in Dentistry
To promote excellence in the science and
clinical practice of Dentistry,
the Faculty presented the following
awards in 2013:
the Adrian Cowan Medal was awarded
to Ronan John O'Leary, the best all-
round fourth year dental student at the
Dublin Dental University Hospital;

the Leo Heslin Memorial Medal was
awarded to Ahmed Sultan, a fourth year
dental student at the Dublin Dental
founded in 1963, the faculty of dentistry has a core mission of advancing the
science, art and practice of dentistry by the promotion of education, study
and research.
a major contributor to postgraduate dentistry, the faculty is responsible for the
maintenance of the highest standards of postgraduate training in ireland and in
other centres around the world. with over 2,000 fellows and members globally,
its international remit, through the provision of programmes and examinations
at membership and fellowship level, is expansive and encompasses, in
particular, the middle East and gulf region, new york and sudan.
Dr John Walsh
Dean, Faculty of Dentistry