Dental Olympics: Students compete at FDI for the first time
ISTANBUL, Turkey: Last week, the FDI congress saw the first Dental Olympics, an event organised by the International Association of Dental Students (IADS), the student branch of the FDI World Dental Federation. Dental Tribune ONLINE had the opportunity to speak with IADS President Pavel Scarlat and Görkem Şengün, chairperson of the local organising committee, about the event.
The Olympics was organised by the Turkish dental students association in order to support clinical excellence among dental students as opposed to research skills. “Not every dental student wants to be a researcher; most of them just want to be great clinicians,” Scarlat told Dental Tribune ONLINE during the 60th IADS and YDW World Annual Dental Congress in Istanbul. “In this competition, the participants can show their skills in disciplines they know from their dental clinics. However, here, they have to fulfil each task as perfectly as possible in a limited amount of time,” explained Şengün.
During the event on Friday morning, eight teams of three dental students each competed in radiography interpretation, tooth modelling with soap, suturing, orthodontic wire bending and tooth preparation on a dental simulator. Each round was evaluated by a jury of three clinicians from Turkey specialised in orthodontics, dental surgery and restorative dentistry, respectively.
According to Şengün, the fact that the participants were from different countries contributed to the Olympic spirit of the event. The contestants from Turkey, Northern Cyprus (Cyprus), Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia are representatives of their local dental association.
Around midday, the winners were chosen by the jury. The team from Northern Cyprus (Cyprus) finished first in the contest, followed by the participants from Turkey and Iran.
Founded in 1952, the IADS represents about 200,000 members in 55 countries today. The primary objective of the association is to unite dental students from all over the world through educational and scientific projects.