Kiwi dentist wins postgraduate prize at Salford

Pierre Gill has won the 2nd Annual Best Essay Prize on the Dental Implantology Masters Programme run by the School of Healthcare Professions at University of Salford. Pierre now works in Liverpool at the Peers Backstrom dental practice, although he originally qualified at Otaga in New Zealand.

According to Gillian Crofts, Academic Programme lead, Pierre?s work stood out as being an excellent example of how he had both understood the theoretical aspects of the management of tooth loss and demonstrated insight into his patient?s situation, as well as demonstrating the ability to apply the appropriate medical evidence to the case.

The Dental Implantology Masters Programme at Salford is unique in offering Dentists an extensive clinical mentor network, the 1st of its kind to be established in the North West. As a result it attracts a number of recognised guest speakers such as Dr Philip Freiberger, ITI Fellow and past president of the ADI and Mr Koray Feran from the London Centre for Implant and Aesthetic Dentistry.

Dr Cemal Ucer, Clinical Programme lead at Salford, commented ?Until recently, formal education in implantology has lagged behind scientific advancements on the field. What makes the course at Salford unique is that we have an extensive clinical mentor network, meaning that students are supported throughout their studies at the level to suit their prior experience.?

Lloyd Pope presented Pierre with a ?250 gift certificate on behalf of General Medical who sponsor the prize.

Pierre commented, ?I?m extremely pleased to win this award, it?s always nice to be rewarded for hard work. I initially decided to come to Salford, because Cemal is a highly respected Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon. The quality of guest speakers is excellent and I find having a clinical mentor a very useful element of the programme.?

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