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Pictured (l-r) are Professor gerard Kearns, former Dean
RCSI Faculty of Dentistry; Liam Jones (Diploma in Primary
Care Dentistry); Omar Alkaradsheh (FFD - Periodontics)
University Hospital;

the John Mcgimpsey Prize was awarded
to Emily Lovegreen, who achieved first
place in the Final BDS Examination at
Queens University Belfast; and,

the (inaugural) Seamus Keating Prize
was awarded to Orna Ní Choileáin who
achieved first place in the Final BDS
Examination in Child Dental Health at
University College Cork.

the RCSI/ IADR Postgraduate Clinical
Research Award was awarded to Dr.
Emma Warren, graduate of the Oral
Surgery Programme, Cork University
Dental School.
Annual Scientific Meeting
The 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting
drew a strong attendance with delegates
from the dental community being joined
by colleagues from the Anaesthetic,
Neurology and Pain Management
communities. The theme for the
meeting, which was held on Thursday,
October 24 and Friday, October
25, was "Surgical Aspects of Dental
Practice". As well as highly respected
clinicians, teachers and researchers from
Ireland, the panel of speakers included
distinguished overseas contributors from
the US and the UK.
The Deanship: achievements
and transitions
Professor gerard Kearns completed his
term of office as Dean of the Faculty of
Dentistry in February 2014. In addition
to expanding the Faculty's activities both
at home and abroad. Professor Kearns
has overseen the successful introduction
of the Diploma in Primary Dental Care
(DipPCD RCSI). Professor Kearns, with the
invaluable assistance of Dr Osama Omer,
the vice Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry,
developed the network of examination
centres through the establishment of a
new centre at the University of Khartoum
in Sudan. Following the successful
introduction of the MFD examination
there, it is now poised to become
an examination centre for the FFD
examination beginning in 2015.
Dr John Walsh was elected as the new
Dean. A native of Dublin, Dr Walsh is a
graduate of Trinity College Dublin, the
Paedodontic Programme at Indiana and
the Orthodontic Programme at Seattle,
and is the first European to successfully
complete the American Board of
Paediatric Dentistry in 1989.
A primary objective of Dr Walsh's period
in office will be the enhancement of
clinical training and dental practice,
while developing already-established
links throughout the dental community
in Ireland, including, notably, the IDA
and IFPDC.
Dr Osama Omer, senior lecturer
consultant in restorative Dentistry
at Dublin Dental University Hospital
(DDUH), has been appointed vice-dean
of the Faculty of Dentistry at the RCSI
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
Faculty Board
Dr John Walsh, Dean; Dr Osama Omer,
vice-Dean; Professor David Ryan,
Honorary Secretary; Dr gerry Cleary,
Honorary Treasurer; Dr Christopher Lynch,
Honorary Editor; Dr Christine McCreary,
Education Committee Chair: Mr Sean
Sheridan, Inspections and Recognition
Committee Chair; Board Members: Dr
Edward Cotter, Dr Kieran Daly, Dr Billy
Davis, Professor gerard Kearns, Dr Albert
Leung, Dr Sean Malone, Dr John Marley,
Dr Alan McMichael, Mr Peter Ramsay-
Pictured (l-r) are Emily Crossan
and Margaret McDevitt who were
conferred with Membership of the
Faculty of Dentistry (MFD) in July 2013
EDUCATION, TEACHINg & LEARNINg - RCSI Faculty of Dentistry